The Chicanx & Latinx Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty from various programs. The following is a list of the program's current board members and faculty members.

Program Director

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Christina Garcia Lopez holds a PhD in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her BA in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an MA in American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latinx and Chicanx literature; Ethnic...

  • BA, English Literature, University of North Texas
  • MA, American Literature and Culture, University of Leeds
  • PhD, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Full-Time Faculty

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Jorge A. Aquino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, specializing in Latin American and U.S. Latinx Christian theologies and religious history, liberation theologies, race and religion, sexuality, and the theo-politics of social movements. He is involved in research, conference work, and publishing activities throughout the Américas (see his profile).

Dr. Aquino is a principal researcher in the Theology, Ethics, and Politics Working...

  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union
  • Latin American theology and religious history
  • Liberation Theology
  • Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements
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Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherríe Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of Soapstone Theatre Company, a collective of male ex-offenders and women...

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Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.

  • MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University
  • PhD, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University
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Nicole Gonzales Howell received her MA from California State University, Fresno and earned her PhD from Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. In 2014 Nicole was selected as one of the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows at the University of San Francisco (now the Gerardo Marin Dissertation Fellows). Currently, Nicole is a full-time associate professor in the Rhetoric and Language department and teaches several Written Communication and Public Speaking courses. Additionally...

  • Syracuse University, PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, 2016
  • California State University, Fresno, MA English with a certificate in Composition, 2009
  • University of Southern California, BA in...
  • Rhetoric and Writing Studies
  • Cultural Studies
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Professor Pedro Lange Churión is both an academic and a visual artist. He has written and directed various films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000). Based on a short story by Felisberto Hernández. This film received a Remmy Bronze award for best dramatic adaptation at the Houston International Film Festival (2001). He also wrote and directed Visitas (Colombia, 2005), a full-feature narrative film that explores violence in Colombia. This film has garnered recognition as "Official Selection" in...

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Dr. Omar F. Miranda is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He received his PhD in English and American Literature from New York University and specializes in the literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially their transnational, global, and diasporic contexts. He is currently working on a book manuscript that tracks the origins and rise of the culture of global celebrity in the Romantic period. He is also part of an editorial team assembling the new Ro...

  • New York University, PhD in English and American Literature
  • Boston College, MA in English Literature
  • University of Miami (Florida), BA in German, Political Science, and English
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Julio Moreno is a professor of history and affiliated engineering faculty at the University of San Francisco. Born in the Salvadoran countryside, Professor Moreno fled his country's civil war at the age of fourteen and navigated the US educational system as an undocumented immigrant. He is the recipient of distinguished awards that include research fellowships on the globalization of U.S. business, technology, and diplomacy at the Library of Congress and the Institute for Historical Studies at...

Part-Time Faculty

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Prof. Olmedo general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Emergent Horror Cinemas. She teaches courses in language and culture and also literature and film, such as: Feminist Theory and Feminist Discourse, The Revenge of the Monsters and Conflicts and Confluences in the Spanish speaking world. She is the curator of the Latin Horror Film Festival at USF.

  • PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky
  • BA, Profesorado en Letras, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia (Argentina)
  • Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies