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  Catherine S. Ramirez

Catherine S. Ramirez

Professor & Chair



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Social Sciences Division

Latin American & Latino Studies
Merrill College

Professor & Chair


Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
History of Art/Visual Culture
Community Studies Program

Regular Faculty

American Studies
Border Studies
Chicana/o Studies
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Cultural Studies
Feminist Studies
Gender Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies

Merrill College Academic Building

Please email me for an appointment

Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

I'm Professor and chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

From 2013 to 2018, I directed UC Santa Cruz’s Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas.

In 2014, my colleagues and I launched our doctoral program, the first in the world to link Latinx and Latin American studies. I help shape and expand these fields and I work for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive university via my program-building, advising, mentoring, fundraising, and leadership. 

In addition to UC Santa Cruz's Excellence in Teaching Award, I've won grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. 

I'm a first-generation college graduate and have a PhD in ethnic studies and a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley. 

For my CV and more information about me and my work, please visit my website.

  • Latinx literature, history, visual culture & performance
  • Feminist & gender studies
  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • Latinxfuturism 

My expertise includes immigration and assimilation, historical memory and erasure, Mexican American women's history, zoot suits and style politics, and Latinxfuturism.  

I'm the author of Assimilation: An Alternative History (University of California Press, 2020) and The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009).

With Sylvanna M. Falcón, Steven C. McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, I'm coeditor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2021). With A. Naomi Paik, I co-edit the Borderlands Section of Public Books.

I've also written for The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and The Washington Post.   

My current research project examines the temporalities of migration, with a focus on what I call undocutime, the prolonged waiting, permanent temporariness, enforced presentism, devaluation of the time, and persistent patience of the undocumented.

  • Latinx literature
  • Migration and citizenship
  • Immigrant storytelling
  • Speculative fiction, Afrofuturism and Latinxfuturism
  • Comparison as method in the humanities and qualitative social sciences
  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • United States cultural, ethnic and immigration history
  • Global Internship 


LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas
LALS 112: Immigration & Assimilation
LALS 131: Latinx Literature
LALS 137: Speculative Fiction & Chicanafuturism
LALS 190G: Global Internship
LALS 194A: Immigrant Storytelling
LALS 201: Research in Practice
LALS 205: Comparison as Method

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