Chicano Studies (323) 343-2190


Francisco E. Balderrama

Professor of Chicano Studies; Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2190

E-mail: fbalder@calstatela.edu

The 20th century history of the Mexican in the United States, Mexican immigration and the American Southwest are among Professor Balderrama’s areas of expertise. He was presented an award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the study of Human Rights in North America for his book, coauthored with Raymond Rodriguez, on the subject of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s. Balderrama has received several research grants and professional awards, including the Senior Fulbright Lectureship in American Immigration at the University of Rome.


Roberto Cantú

Professor of Chicano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2195

E-mail: rcantu@calstatela.edu

Dr. Cantú is a specialist in Hispanic and Chicano literature. He helped organize an international conference — funded by the Rockefeller Foundation on Technology and Culture on the Mexico-U.S. Border — which involved 98 Mexican and 50 U.S. academic specialists, researchers and government representatives. He is presently involved in computer conferencing in the Chicano studies classroom with research interests in Chicano narrative and literary theory and criticism.


Dionne Espinoza

Assistant Professor Chicano Studies; Ph.D., Cornell University

Contact: 323-343-2190

E-mail: despino@calstatela.edu

Dr. Espinoza is an expert on women’s movements, especially racial and ethnic minority women; women’s political involvement; Chicano/Latino cultural studies; culture and gender issues; and the Chicano Movement.

Fluent in: intermediate Spanish.


Ester Hernández

Assistant Professor Chicano Studies; Ph.D., UC Irvine

Contact: (323) 343-5349

E-mail: eherna17@calstatela.edu

Dr. Hernández is an expert on immigration and transnational communities, primarily those from Mexico and Central America in Southern California. Her published scholarship also focuses on immigration policy, family separation and remittances, and the border (as a physical, historical, socio-legal and cultural concept).

Fluent in: Spanish.


Louis R. Negrete

Emeritus Professor of Chicano Studies; Ph.D., United States International University

Contact: (323) 343-2196

E-mail: lnegret@calstatela.edu

Dr. Negrete specializes in social and urban studies, sociology and Chicano studies, and helped to organize a major conference at Cal State L.A. about technology and culture on the U.S.-Mexico border. As a prominent scholar of community empowerment and leadership, his views are regularly cited in media such as the Los Angeles Times and La Opinion. He is a volunteer senior leader with the United Neighborhoods Organization, where he works directly with innercity families in campaigns for social justice to establish youth sports programs and increase the state minimum wage.


Michael Soldatenko

Chair and Professor of Chinano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2190

E-mail: msoldat@calstatela.edu

Dr. Soldatenko is an expert on Chicano(a) intellectual history; Chicano(a) Studies curricular history; Chicano(a) student politics; 18th and 19th century European thought, and European economic thought.


Valerie Talavera-Bustillos

Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA

Campus: (323) 343-2197

E-mail: vtalave@calstatela.edu

Dr. Talavera-Bustillos’ areas of expertise include sociology of education, K-12 education, and higher education preparation and access issues. She is also interested specifically with disentangling the effects of race, class and gender within the education and schooling process in the U.S., with a focus on Chicanas/Chicanos and other people of color.