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 42, Number 1

Spring 2017

Charlene Villaseñor Black, CSRC associate director and editor of Aztlán, opens the Spring 2017 issue with an exploration of paintings that portray Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. 

The two essays that open this issue investigate strategies for community transformation. Andrea J. Romero, Monica Moreno Anguas, Anna O’Leary, and Rebecca Covarrubias study the importance of collective efficacy for mitigating the stress of being an immigrant; and María J. Durán shows, through a discussion of Moraga’s Heroes and Saints, that theater can be a space for community protest. The next two essays look at issues of communication. Through her interviews with Latina/o workers in the telecommunications industry, Melissa Villa-Nicholas offers insights into formations of labor, digital capitalism, and the political economy; and Verónica Calvillo examines how braceros’ corridos imparted knowledge about working in the United States and contributed to a developing identity for Mexican immigrants.

In the dossier section, Robb Hernández and Tatiana Reinoza present a set of essays that explores the role and multiple meanings of paper in Chicana/o literature, visual arts, and performance. This issue of Aztlán features the art of Ramiro Gomez, an L.A.–based artist who calls attention to Latina/o nannies, gardeners, and maids—those whose lives and labor are often invisible. 

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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.