Chicano Studies (323) 343-2190

Francisco E. Balderrama
Emeritus Professor of Chicano Studies/History; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2190
E-mail: fbalder@calstatela.edu

  • 20th century history of the Mexican in the United States
  • Mexican immigration
  • American Southwest
  • Human rights in North America
  • Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s

Roberto Cantú
Professor of Chicano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2195
E-mail: rcantu@calstatela.edu

  • Hispanic and Chicano literature
  • Technology and culture on the Mexico-U.S. Border
  • 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

  • Women’s movements, especially racial and ethnic minority women
  • Women’s political involvement
  • Chicano/Latino cultural studies
  • Culture and gender issues
  • 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

  • Immigration and transnational communities
  • Mexico and Central America in Southern California
  • Immigration policy
  • Family separation and remittances

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

  • Social and urban studies
  • Sociology and Chicano studies
  • Technology and culture on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Community empowerment and leadership,
  • Social justice to establish youth sports programs and increase the state minimum wage

Michael Soldatenko
Professor of Chinano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2190
E-mail: msoldat@calstatela.edu

  • Chicano(a) intellectual history
  • Chicano(a) Studies curricular history
  • Chicano(a) student politics
  • 18th and 19th century European thought
  • European economic thought

Valerie Talavera-Bustillos
Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies; Ph.D., UCLA
Campus: (323) 343-2197
E-mail: vtalave@calstatela.edu

  • Sociology of education
  • K-12 education
  • Higher education preparation and access issues
  • Disentangling the effects of race, class and gender within the education and schooling process in the U.S.