Chicano Park Mural

About Us

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is one of the first of its kind in the nation and we recently celebrated our 50th anniversary! We are an interdisciplinary and transnational program of teaching, research, and public service that provides students with the opportunity to explore the history, politics, culture, and ethics of Chicana/o/x-Latinx communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Our mission is to develop interculturally aware 21st century leaders who engage in social-justice oriented community service and scholarship. We achieve our mission through our curriculum, research, and knowledge production, which explores race, gender identities, class, immigration, and ethnicity, and emphasizes the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (history, sociopolitical contexts, comparative and symbolic borders), expressive arts (art, cinema, music, theater), and community practices for social change (health, education, community organizing).

We are situated in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolitan areas characterized by the international border and the rich perpetual flow of people, culture, and goods in both directions. Our faculty members—many of them pioneers in our field—use our location as a laboratory for research, teaching, and service.



Upcoming Events and Recent News

  • Take CCS 340A: Gender, Sex, and Politics in Colonial Mexico (3 units GE) offered this fall on T/Th 9:30-10:45 am.  No prerequisites! The course satisfies the Ethnic Studies requirement and counts towards CCS & LGBTO+ majors.  
  • We are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Natalie Santizo! ¡Bienvenida!  Read more.
  • Commencement 2023 - Congratulations to our graduates. Learn more.

Important Contacts

Department Chair 
Dr. María Ibarra 
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Undergraduate Adviser
Paola Martinez
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Administrative Coordinator
Bertha Hernández 
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