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 UC Santa Cruz Latin American and Latino Studies Department
UC Santa Cruz Chicano Latino Research Center
UC Santa Cruz First-Generation Initiative
Office108 Merrill Academic
Office HoursSpring 2017: Monday, 1:00-2:30pm
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Catherine Sue Ramírez

Research Interests

I'm currently writing an alternative history of assimilation in the United States and, over 2016-17, I'm the principal investigator of Non-citizenship, UCSC's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture.  Linking citizenship, migration, border, labor, and carceral studies, and juxtaposing spatial and social mobility and immobility, this year-long series of events explores what it means to be a citizen and non-citizen in a world made by migrants, refugees, guest workers, permanent residents, asylum seekers, prisoners, detainees, the stateless, and denizens (residents who don't have the same rights as citizens).  My book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit (Duke University Press, 2009), excavates the participation of Mexican American women in the zoot subculture 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 132: Citizens, Denizens, Aliens
LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas
LALS 201: Research in Praxis: Epistemology, Ontology, Ethics
LALS 205: Comparative Mobilities