Find out about Texas’s historic support for Mexican American Studies; and LAN-Latino Arts Now!, and the Latino Literary scene in NYC! If you can’t name one Latina PhD, Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante talks with 3: Dr. Angela Valenzauela, Juan Tejeda, Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz, Dr. Gisel Acosta.
• Angela Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy. She is also the author of award-winning book, Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring and Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth. Her most recent book is titled, Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth. Valenzuela’s research and teaching interests are in the sociology of education, minority youth in schools, education policy, and urban education reform.
• Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta, Associate Professor in the English Department at Bronx Community College—City University of New York, has work published in: The Routledge Companion to Latino Literature, American Studies Journal, Dialogo, African American Women's Language, The Handbook on Latinos and Education, Western American Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Pembroke Magazine, Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, BASTA: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women, and many others. She is also a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Poet, an honorary Macondo Fellow, a Creative Capital scholar, and a member of The Aspen Institute. Last year, she was awarded Faculty of the Year by the Association of Latino Faculty and Staff at Bronx Community College.
• Drl Pamela Anne Quiroz is Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. She is also incoming Executive Director of the national Latino research consortium, the Inter University Program on Latino Research [IUPLR]. A researcher of children, youth, and family She has been a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Visiting Research Associate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a research fellow at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and the Great Cities Institute. Professor Quiroz has published articles, chapters and books on education, adoption and identity, and received research grants from the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, U.S. Department of Education, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She served as Editor of Social Problems, a prominent journal in Sociology that focuses on the pursuit of social justice, and she has served as North American Editor for Children‘s Geographies, an interdisciplinary journal focused on the intersections of children, youth, family and space.
Juan Tejeda is a retired professor of Mexican American Studies & Music at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas and co-founder of Aztlan Libre Press.
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