Hispanic Heritage Month starts today at the Notre Dame and all over the nation. Over 14% of incoming undergraduates self-identify as Latino/Hispanic students, making over 1000 of the 8731 undergraduates at ND Latinx, not including international and DACA students. The first record of a Latinx student at ND dates back to Alexandro Perea of New Mexico who enrolled in 1864. More Latinx students from New Mexico and Colorado enrolled by the 1870s, due in large part to Fr. Zahm who recruited students from the Southwest to ND. In 1928, La Raza Club was formed by Latin American and Mexican students, later reporting its first U.S. born president in 1954: Samuel Adelo of New Mexico. Sociologist Dr. Julian Samora established the Mexican-American Graduate Studies Program at ND in 1971 to 1985, becoming known as a consistent advocate for Latinx students, mentor to dozens of graduate students, and the founder of Latino Studies nationwide.…
- Thomas Anderson, The William M. Scholl Professor of Latin American Literature and Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures
- Francisco Aragón, Associate Professional Specialist, Latino Studies
- Kraig Beyerlein, Associate Professor, Sociology
- Tatiana Botero, Associate Teaching Professor, Spanish, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
- Alex E. Chávez, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
- Yamil J Colón, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- David Cortez, Assistant Professor, Political Science
- Luis Ricardo Fraga, Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science
- Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre
- Daniel Groody, CSC, Associate Professor, Theology
- Jimmy Gurulé, Professor of Law
- Carlos A. Jáuregui, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
- Amy Langenkamp, O'Shaughnessy Assistant Professor Chair of Educational Studies
- David M. Lantigua, Assistant Professor, Theology
- Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt, Assistant Professor, Sociology
- Timothy Matovina, Professor, Theology
- Orlando Menes, Professor, English
- Nydia Morales-Soto, Program Director of the Eck Institute for Global Health
- Marisel Moreno, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
- Darcia Narvaez, Professor, Psychology
- Jaime Pensado, Associate Professor, History
- Juanita Pinzón-Caicedo, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
- Sarah Quesada, Assistant Professor, English
- Ricardo Ramírez, Associate Professor, Political Science
- Tatiana Reinoza, Assistant Professor, Art, Art History, and Design
- Karen Richman, Professional Specialist, Latino Studies
- Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor, English
- Jason Ruiz, Associate Professor, American Studies
- Maria Tomasula, Micheal P. Grace Professor, Art, Art History & Design
- Thomas Tweed, The W. Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair American Studies and founding director of Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion
Recent Faculty Publications
Chávez, Alex E. Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Dutton Books, 2017.
García-Romero, Anne. The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes. Tuscon: The University of Arizona Press, 2016.
Rivera-Rideau, Petra R., Jones, Jennifer A., and Paschel, Tianna eds. Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016.
Menes, Orlando. Heresies. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015.
When Yamil Colón arrived at the University of Notre Dame from Puerto Rico, he had yet to spend much time outside of the island. A chemical and biomolecular engineering major, Colón grew up in Bayamón, a city of about 200,000 in the northern coastal region of Puerto Rico, outside the capital of San Juan. His mother taught middle school. His father worked at the local television station. He spoke imperfect English.…
The economic effects of the coronavius in the U.S. have brought Americans’ preexisting financial precarity into stark focus. Karen Richman, director of undergraduate studies at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, found in a recent study that many people in the U.S. are relying on informal networks of family and friends to stay afloat.
Notre Dame anthropologist Alex Chávez has been named one of 10 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award supports junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.
There’s no question the Latino vote will be crucial in this year’s presidential election. But to understand the impact of Latinos in 2020, it’s helpful to step back four years, to the victory of a president who has made anti-Latino and anti-immigrant sentiment a staple of his presidency.…