Catherine Sue Ramírez

TitleAssociate Professor & Director, Chicano Latino Research Center
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentLatin American & Latino Studies,
Merrill College
AffiliationsChicano Latino Research Center
Web Site Catherine Sue Ramírez's Website
Latin American and Latino Studies Department
UC Santa Cruz Chicano Latino Research Center
UC Santa Cruz First-Generation Initiative
Catherine Ramírez's office hours (SignUp Genius)
Office108 Merrill Academic
Office HoursSpring 2018: Wed., 12:00-2:00, beginning Apr 11.
Campus Mail StopMerrill/Crown Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Catherine Sue Ramírez

Research Interests

I'm a scholar of race, migration, and citizenship. My current book project is an alternative history of assimilation in the United States. Over 2016-17, I was the principal investigator of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture.

I'm also a scholar of Mexican American history and Latinx culture. My book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit (Duke University Press, 2009), excavates the participation of Mexican American women in the zoot subculture of the 1940s and examines the significance of the zoot-suiter in Chicano cultural production since the 1960s. I've also published several essays on race, gender, and science fiction. 

In the fall of 2013, I was appointed director of UCSC's Chicano Latino Research Center.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Teaching Interests

Critical migration studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history; theories of citizenship; twentieth-century Mexican American history; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; Latino literature; speculative fiction and alternative futurisms

Courses Taught

LALS 32: Citizens, Denizens, Aliens
LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas
LALS 201: Research in Praxis
LALS 205: Comparative Mobilities