Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies


Aztlán presents original research that is relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Aztlán focuses on scholarly essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, supplemented by thematic pieces in the dosier section, an artist's communiqué, a review section, and a commentary by the editor, Charlene Villaseñor Black. Aztlán seeks ways to bring Chicano studies into critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies.

Aztlán has been the leading journal in the field of Chicano studies since 1970. Aztlán is issued twice a year.

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Volume 41, Number 2
Fall 2016

The fall 2016 issue leads off with two essays that examine how artistic portrayals of the world are used to contest and reframe dominant narratives. Kristin E. Pitt looks at the “poetics of vulnerability” that links immigrant farm labor, farmers, and the food supply with “unsustainable immigration policies” in the United States, and Erin Murrah-Mandril’s investigates what she calls “multifarious time” in The Squatter and the Don. The next two essays consider the complimentary topics of healing and disease. Sofia Ruiz-Alfaro’s essay employs Gloria Anzaldúa’s conceptualization of writing as healing to examine Chavela Vargas’s life story, and Natalia Molina’s traces the roots of contemporary disease-based stigmatizations of Mexicans and Mexican Americans to the scientific racism of the mid-nineteenth century.

The dossier section features the writings of Chon A. Noriega, director of the CSRC and editor of Aztlán from 1996 through 2015. Noriega selected seven of the thirty-seven editor’s commentaries that he wrote for the journal. These commentaries, which appeared in Aztlán between 1999 and 2007, reflect on the nature of narrative. Their varied cinematic subjects all “put Chicanos at the center of a history told on other terms,” as he notes in his introduction to the dossier. The cover and the artist’s communiqué feature the work of Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes’s Oakland-based graphic arts collective Dignidad Rebelde. 

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Leisy Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles
Hortensia Amaro, University of Southern California
Maylei Blackwell, University of California, Los Angeles
Héctor Calderón, University of California, Los Angeles
Ernesto Chávez, University of Texas at El Paso
Teresa Córdova, University of Illinois at Chicago
Raúl Coronado, University of California, Berkeley
Lilia Fernández, Ohio State University
George Flaherty, University of Texas at Austin
Cindy García, University of Minnesota
Matthew Garcia, Arizona State University
Robb Hernandez, University of California, Riverside
Michael Innis-Jiménez, University of Alabama
Manuel Luis Martinez, Ohio State University
Josh Kun, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Anthony Ocampo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alex Ortega, University of California, Los Angeles
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University
Laura Isabel Serna, University of Southern California
Omar Valerio-Jimènez, University of Iowa

  • The Spring 2015 issue (Volume 40, Number 1) of Aztlán featured a dossier section on the field of Chicana/o art history, with downloadable class syllabi.
  • To read "Latin@ Art at the Intersection," an article by Adriana Zavala in Volume 40, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "Formation of a Latino Grassroots Movement The Association of Latin American Gardeners of Los Angeles Challenges City Hall," an article by Alvaro Huerta and Alfonso Morales in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Toward a Mariposa Consciousness: Reimagining Queer Chicano and Latino Identities," an article by Daniel Enrique Pérez in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Make 'Em All Mexican" by Linda Vallejo, the Artist's Communiqué in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Jotería Studies," the Dossier in Volume 39, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "The Necessary Theater of the Royal Chicano Air Force" by Ella Maria Diaz, an article in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "An Interview with Ramon Ramirez" by José L. S. Gámez, the Artist’s Communiqué in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.