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2019 Young Scholars Symposium

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine

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With Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) & Dr. Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Visiting Professor




Rosie C. Bermudez, (PhD candidate, Chicana/Chicano Studies. University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Doing Dignity Work: Alicia Escalante and the Los Angeles Welfare Rights Organization."

Maggie Elmore, (PhD, History, University of Notre Dame)
"Apostles of the Desert: Mexican Immigrants and Catholic Advocacy in the Great Depression."

Sergio Gonzalez, (PhD, Latinx Studies, Marquette University) "Strangers No Longer: Latino Communities, Social Movements, and Faith in 20th-century Milwaukee."

David Cortez, (PhD, Political Science and Latinx Studies, University of Notre Dame)
"Broken Mirrors: Latinx, La Migra, and the Conflict of Being Both."

David-James Gonzales, (PhD, History, Brigham Young University)
"Battling Mexican Apartheid in Orange County, California, 1900-1980."

Yuridia Ramirez, (PhD, Latina/o Studies, Miami University)
"Re-rooting Indigeneity: P’urhépecha iWomen's Transborder organizing at the Turn of  the 21st Century." 

Julie Torres, (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"The Crisis of Representation: Puerto Rican Women's Electoral and Participatory Politics."

2018 Young Scholars Symposium

Distinguished Visiting Professor:

José E. Limón, Notre Dame Foundation Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, former Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, and Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin


Enrique Dávila, (PhD candidate, History, University of Chicago), 
“The Roots of Reform: The Influence of Mexican Liberalism and the Protestant Missionary Movement on South Texas Activism, 1860-1915”

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Marcela A. Di Blasi, (PhD, English, Dartmouth College), 
“Alternative Masculinities and Maternal Religious Practices in Tomas Rivera's ...y no se lo trago la tierra (1971).” 

Ruth M. Hernández, (PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Connecticut), 
“Ya No Somos Las Mismas:' Theater as Praxis for Women’s Empowerment."

Jorge E. Moraga, (PhD, Ethnic Studies, California State University, Bakersfield), 
“On Great Brown Hopes: Mapping the Rise and Cultural Politics of Latino Sporting In\Visibilities during the 1980s.” 

Mark A. Ocegueda, (PhD, U.S. and Mexican American History, California State University, Sacramento), 
“The Political Padre: José Núñez and the Catholic Contribution in Desegregating Public Space, 1939-1947.” 

Cristina Pérez Jiménez, (PhD, English, Manhattan College),
“Inter/Nationalisms and Hispanic Working-Class Fraternalism in New York, 1930s-1940s.”

Sarah Quesada, (PhD, English, University of Notre Dame),
"Commodifying Atlantic Latino Borders."

Francisco Robles, (PhD, English, University of Notre Dame),
"Lydia Mendoza's Moving Homelands."

2017 Young Scholars Symposium

Distinguished Visiting Professor:

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, University of Miami


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Lauren Frances Guerra, (PhD, Theology, Southern Methodist University),
“Beautified by the Spirit: Towards a U.S. Latino/a Constructive Pneumatology.” 

Leo Guardado, (PhD candidate, Theology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame), 
“The 1980s Sanctuary Movement: Discerning an Ecclesial Responsibility to Protect.” 

Melissa Guzman, (PhD, Sociology, San Francisco State University), 
“'A New You': Spiritual deliverance and the religious construction of Latina/o criminality.” 

Rebeca Hey-Colón, (PhD, Spanish, Colby College), 
“The Serpentine River: Anzaldúa's Spiritual Waters.” 

Ana-Maurine Lara, (PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon), “‘Coloniality and the Catholic Church.” 

Daisy Vargas, (PhD candidate, History, University of California, Riverside),
“Between Church and State: Penitente Religion and American Secularism in New Mexico.”

2016 Young Scholars Symposium: 

Distinguished Visiting Professor:

Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California– Distinguished Visiting Professor



Melissa Abad, (PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago), 
“The Geography of Immigrant Advocacy: Regional Networks and Immigration State Policy.” 

Allyson P. Brantley, (PhD candidate, History, Yale University), 
“‘Chale Con Coors!’: The Chicana/o Movement in the South-west and the Boycott of Coors Beer, 1967-1973.” 

Adrián Félix, (PhD, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz), 
“Mythologies of Transnational Citizenship: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants.” 

Juan Herrera, (PhD, Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University), 
“Revolution Interrupted: Racial and Spatial Effects of the 1969 Tax Re- form Act.” 

Patrick Lopez-Aguado, (PhD, Sociology, Santa Clara University), 
“‘The Home Team’ at the Intersection of Prison and Neigh- borhood.” 

2015 Young Scholars Symposium:

Distinguished Visiting Professor:

Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University– Distinguished Visiting Professor


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Lloyd Barba (PhD candidate, American Culture, University of Michigan),
“Farmworker Frames: Mexican Pentecostal Counternarratives in California.”

Kiku Huckle (PhD candidate, Political Science, University of Washington), 
“¿Es su casa mi casa? Latinos and the Catholic Church.”

Marzia Milazzo (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, currently assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University),
“Encountering the Indian: Chicana Decolonial Imaginaries and Colorblind Logics.”

Aida I. Ramos (PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, currently assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio),
“A Matter of the Heart: Understanding Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion.”

Javier Ramirez (PhD candidate, Film and Media Studies, Indiana University),
“Mexican Cinema in el otro lado: A Case Study of the Exhibition of Angelitos negros in San Antonio, Texas.”

Sujey Vega (PhD, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, currently assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University),
“Latinos as Lamanites: Present, Past, and Complicated Identities in Latino Mormondom.”

2014 Young Scholars Symposium:

Distinguished Visiting Professor:

Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University – Distinguished Visiting Professor



Belinda Linn Rincón (PhD, English, Cornell University, currently assistant professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), 
“The Chicana/Latina Patriot and the Feminist Soldier: Representations of the Chicana/Latina Soldier in the Global War on Terror.”

Michael Rodriguez-Muñiz (PhD candidate, Sociology, Brown University),
“Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The ‘Latino Vote,’ Electoral Demonstrations, and the Politics of Statistics.”

Jonathan Rosa (PhD, Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, currently assistant professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst),
“‘Latino Flavors’: Ethnoracial Emblems, Embodiments, and Enactments.”

Belkys Torres (PhD, English, University of Notre Dame, currently academic director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami), 
“Transmedia Storytelling and Contemporary Latina/o Fiction.”

Priscilla Leiva (PhD candidate, American Studies, University of Southern California),
“Dodgertown, Home of Los Doyers: Contested Civic Identities in Majority-Minority Los Angeles.” 

Jesse Mumm (PhD candidate, Anthropology, Northwestern University),
Aquí Luchamos: Gentrification, Sovereignty and Displacement in Puerto Rican Chicago.”