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Rafael Pérez-Torres
Department of English
University of California
PO Box 951530
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530
310-825-4438
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Education:

Stanford University. Ph.D., English and American Literatures, 1989.

Loyola-Marymount University. M.A., Modern American Literature, 1984.

Loyola-Marymount University. B.A., cum laude, English Literature and Ancient History, 1982. Honors Program.

Appointments:

Chair, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles.  2007 – 2010.

 

Professor, American Literature.  Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles.  2004 – present.   

 

Associate Professor, American Literature.  Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles.  1998 – 2004.

 

Associate Professor, Chicano Studies.  Department of Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.  1996 – 1997.

 

Chair, Department of Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.  1994 – 1996. 

 

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Chicano Studies.  Department of Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.  Department Chair.  1994 – 1996. 

 

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, contemporary American literature.  Department of English, University of Pennsylvania.  1992 – 1994.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, postmodern and multicultural literatures.  Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  1989 – 1992.

Faculty Coordinator, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.  Phillips Academy at Andover.   Direct and instruct in program for preparation of gifted college students of color to continue their education at the graduate level.  1990 – 1995.

Instructor, English as a second language, worker literacy program.  New York State Department of Education grant in conjunction with Garment Workers Union, 1988 – 1989.

Publications:

Books
Mestizaje:  Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture.  University of Minnesota Press, 2006. 

To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back: Memories of an East L.A. Outlaw. Written with Ernie López. University of Texas Press, 2005.

The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán 1970-2000.  Co-editor with Chon Noriega, Eric Avila, MaryKaren Davilos, and Chela Sandoval.  Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, 2001.  Revised edition 2010.

Movements in Chicano Poetry - Against Myths, Against Margins.  Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Refereed Articles
"Placing Loss in Chicano/a Narrative."  Literature and Psychology.  49.1/2 (2003): 110-127. 

"Ethnicity, Ethics and Latino Aesthetics."  American Literary History.  12.3 (Fall 2000): 534-53.

"Whither Aztlán? Considering a Millennial Chicano Studies."  Genre 32 (Spring/Summer 1999):  99-114.

"Chicano Ethnicity, Cultural Hybridity, the Mestizo Voice."  American Literature.  70.1 (March 1998): 153-76.

"Refiguring Aztlán."  Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.  22.2 (Fall 1997):  15-41.

"Chicano Culture Reclaiming Our America:  Coyotes at the Border."  American Literature.  67 (December 1995):  815-24.  

 

"Nomads and Migrants - Negotiating a Multicultural Postmodernism."  Cultural Critique.  26 (Winter 1993/94): 161-189.

"Knitting and Knotting the Narrative Thread - Beloved as Postmodern Novel." Modern Fiction Studies.  39.3/4 (Fall/Winter 1993): 689-707.

"The Politicized Aesthetics of Macho Camacho’s Beat."  Confluencia.  5.2 (1990): 85-91.

Book Chapters
"Chicano Hip Hop and Postmodern Mestizaje." The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader.  Angie Charam-Dernersesian, ed.  Routledge Press, 2006, pp. 324-339.

"Alternate Geographies and the Melancholy of Mestizaje."  Minor Transtnationalisms.  Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih, eds.  Duke University Press, 2005, pp. 317-338.

"Chicano Ethicity, Cultural Hybridity, and the Mestizo Voice."  Mixing Race, Mixing Culure: Inter-American Literary Dialogues.  Monica Kaup and Deborah Rosenthal, eds.  University of Texas Press, 2002, pp. 163-184. (Reprint)

"Remapping Chicano Expressive Culture."  Just Another Poster?  Chicano Graphic Arts in California.  University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, 2001, pp. 151-169.

"Refiguring Aztlán."  The Chicano Studies Readers: An Anthology of Aztlán 1970-2000.  Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, 2001, pp. 213-239 (Reprint)

"Mestizaje in the Mix: Chicano Identity, Politics, and Postmodern Music."  Music and the Racial Imagination.  Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman, eds.  University of Chicago Press, 2000, pp. 206-230.

"Refiguring Aztlán."  (Revised).  Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature.  Amritjit Singh and Peter Schmidt, eds.  University of Mississippi Press, 2000, pp. 103-121.

"Between Presence and Absence:  Beloved, Postmodernism, and Blackness."  A Casebook on Beloved.  William Andrews and Nellie Y. McKay, eds.  Oxford University Press, 1999.

"Knitting and Knotting the Narrative Thread - Beloved as Postmodern Novel." Reading Toni Morrison:  Theoretical and Critical Approaches.  Nancy Peterson, ed.  Johns Hopkins Press, 1998. (Reprint)

"Tracing and Erasing: Race and Pedagogy in The Bluest Eye."  Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison.  Nellie Y. McKay, editor.  New York: Modern Language Association Publications, 1997, pp. 21-26.

"Knitting and Knotting the Narrative Thread - Beloved as Postmodern Novel." Toni Morrison.  Linden Peach, ed.  St. Martin's, 1997, pp. 128-139.

 

"Nomads and Migrants - Negotiating a Multicultural Postmodernism." Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader.  Antonia Darder, Rodolfo Torres, Henry Gutierrez, eds.  New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 239-258. (Reprint)

"Feathering the Serpent: Chicano Mythic 'Memory.'"  Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literatures.  Amritjit Singh, Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr., Robert E. Hogan, eds.  Northeastern University Press, 1996, pp. 291-319.

"The Ambiguous Outlaw: John Rechy and Complicitous Homotextuality."  The Fiction of Masculinity: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Sexualities.  Peter F. Murphy, ed.  New York University Press, 1994, pp. 204-225.

"Chicano Literature." entry in Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts.  Alan C. Purves, editor.  New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Reviews
Review of Héctor Calderón Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Liteary History, Genre, and Borders and Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in) Chicano/a Literature. American Literature.  78.4 (2006): 892-894. 

"Mestizaje Now!"  Review article.  American Literary History.  17.2 (2005): 369-380.

Review of Kathleen Brogan Cultural Haunting: Ghosts and Ethnicity in Recent American LiteratureModern Philology 99.3 (February 2002): 509-511.

"Chicano Studies at the Millennium." Review article. Contemporary Literature.  39.4 (Winter 1998): 675-686.

Review of José Saldívar Border MattersModern Fiction Studies.  44.4 (1998): 1013-1016.

 

Review of D. Emily Hicks, Border Writing: The Multidimensional TextAmerican Studies International.  31.1 (April 1993): 148-149. 

 

Review of Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism.  César A. González-T., ed.  Bilingual Review. vol. 16 nos.2-3 (1992): 247-251.

Essays
"Roundtable on the State of Chicano Studies." With Karen Mary Davalos, Eric Avila, Chela Sandoval. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 27.2 (Fall 2002): 141-152.

"Emerging Literatures" (Letter).  World Literature Today.  Summer-Autumn 2001: 105

"Needed: More Teachers of Color."  Co-written with Kelly Wise, Director of Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.  Black Issues in Higher Education.  10.16 (October 7, 1993): 38-39.  Reprinted Hispanic Times Magazine.  16.1 (December 1994/January 1995): 36-37.

"What is American Culture?"  Response to Michael Stanford's defense of E. D. Hirsch.  Cultural Literacy and the Core Curriculum.  Sonoma, CA: Arcus Publishing, 1991: 41-43.

"Chicanos in Film."  Estos Tiempos.  4.2 (1988): 28-30.

Dissertation
Screen Play and Inscription: Narrative Strategies in Four Post-1960s Novels.

Papers:

Conferences
"Social Instrumentality and the Discordance of Chicana/o Literature."  Invitation by the Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada, MLA.  Los Angeles, 9 Jan 2011.

Panel chair and commentator: "Race and Surveillance in the Age of Empire."  American Studies Association Conference.  Washington, DC.  5 Nov 2005.

"Música e hibridismo na cultura Chicana."  Estética da Periferia: Inclusão Cultural e Cidadania. Colégio Brasileiro de Altos Estudos – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.  11 May 2005.

"Globality and Chicano/a Cultural Response."  Segundo Congreso Sobre Política Internacional y Globalización.  Buenos Aires, Argentina.  23 June 2001

"Spatial Hybridity and Transnational Identities in Chicano Culture."  Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada (ABRALIC).  Salvador, Brazil.  30 July 2000

"Revisiting Rasquachismo as Resistance in Chicana/o Culture."  Latin American Studies Association.  Miami, FL.  18 Mar 2000.

"The Tropics of Mestizaje:  Race and the Shape of Chicana/o Culture."  Multicampus Research Group.  Transnational and Transcolonial Studies Conference.  UCLA.  6 May 2000.

"Affirmative Action and Civil Rights."  Roundtable, American Studies Association.  Montreal.  29 Nov 1999.

"Articulating and Disarticulating the American Border."  Writers at the Border Conference.  Program in Latin American Studies, Rutgers University.  15 Apr 1999.

"Ethnics, Ethics and Chicano Aesthetics."  Making History Conference: The Future of American Literary Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison.  25 Mar 1999.

"Identity Formation and Transnational Culture."  American Studies Association.  Seattle, WA.  21 Nov 1998.

"The Latin Fallacy: Ethnic Identity and the Imperialist Past."  Imperialism, Ethnicity and Cultural Relations Conference.  UC Berkeley Spanish and Portuguese Department.  17 Oct 1998.

"Imperial Eyes and Mestizo Bodies: Making the Chicana/o Subject." Rutgers Spanish and Portuguese Department.  3 Apr 1998.

"Translating Space: Identity, Transnationalism, and Place in the Borderlands" American Studies Association.  Washington, DC. 31 Oct 1997.

"The Voice of the Mestizo in Contemporary Chicano/a Literature."  49th International Congress of Americanists.  Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito.  7 Jul 1997.

"The Textual Outlaw: John Rechy and the Construction of Homosexual Identity."  Queering and Querying: Conference on Current Research in Gay and Lesbian Studies.  University of California, Santa Barbara.  3 May 1997.

"Migration, Movement, Nomadology."  Plenary Session of the Division on Twentieth-Century American Literature:  Postmodernism and Multiculturalism.  Modern Language Association, Sheraton Hotel, Washington D.C.  30 Dec 1996. 

 

"From the Homeland to the Borderlands, the Reformation of Aztlán."  Translating Space: Identity, Transnationalism, and Place in the Borderlands.  National Association of Chicano Studies, Ridpath Hotel, Spokane, WA.  30 Mar 1995. 

 

"Chicana/o Culture Reclaiming Our America: Coyotes at the Border."  Plenary Session of the Division on Twentieth-Century American Literature:  The Future of American Literary Study.  Modern Language Association, Marriot Hotel, San Diego, CA.  28 Dec 1994.

 

"En/Countering Memory and Myth in Chicana Poetry."  American Studies Association, Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA.  4 Nov 1993. 

 

"Myth and Memory: La voz de la poeta Chicana."  III Congreso Creación Femenina en el Mundo Hispano, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.  15 Nov 1992. 

 

"Picturing Experience, Voicing Authority, Staging the Multicultural Classroom" (co-author).  Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago.  14 Nov 1991.

"Chicano/a Consciousness and Sexual Identity."  Invited to organize and attend panel on Chicano literature at Conference for Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.  Nice, France.  14 Jun 1991.

"Contemporary Chicano Lyric Poetry: Anachronism or Postmodernism?"  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago.  20 Apr 1990.

Invited Talks
“Mestizaje and the Racial Borders of Modernity.”  Beyond Borders:  Reconceptualizing Fine Lines, Fences, and Frontiers in the Americas.  Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, Germany.  29 Jun 2009

"Racial Memory and the Modern Borders of the Nation-State."  Keynote lecture.  Joint Conference on "Migration, Border, and the Nation-State.”  Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX. 9 Apr 2009.  (Invited Lecture)

"Race and the Dreams of Modernity."  Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.  Loyola-Marymount University.  Los Angeles, CA.  17 Apr 2008.

"Racial Memory and the Ghost of Modernity."  The Benson Endowed Chair Lecture.  Department of English, University of Illinois.  Urbana-Champaign, IL.  14 Apr 2008.

"Racial Memory and the Ghost of Modernity."  The 22nd Annual Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture.  Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas.  Austin, TX.  7 Apr 2008

Panel participant for the Los Angeles premiere of the PBS documentary Race to Execution.  Hosted by the ACLU.  Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills.  9 Mar 2007.

"The Role of Race in the Criminal Justice System."  The Faces of Wrongful Conviction: A Conference Examining California Justice Gone Wrong."  Hosted by UCLA Law School.  8 Apr 2006

Conference: Cultural Inclusion and Citizenship. Programa Avançado de Cultura Contemporânea – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  4 and 5 May  2005

"Mestizaje and Chicana Critical Discourse."  Institute for Critical U.S. Studies, Department of Romance Studies, Department of English, Department of African and African American Studies.  Duke University, Durham, NC.  14 Nov 2005.

"The Tropics of Mestizaje: Uses of Race in Chicana Critical Discourse."  Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.  Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  24 Feb 2005

"Tropics of Mestizaje: Mixed-Race Identity in Contemporary U.S. Society."  Multicultural Center.  University of California, Santa Barbara.  27 Oct 2004

"Roles of Race and Hybridity in Chicana Critical Discourse."  English Department, Spanish and Portuguese Department, African American Studies Program.  Princeton University.  20 Oct 2004

"Critical Mestizaje and Chicana Cultural Discourse."  American Civilization Department, Brown University.  26 Feb 2003.

Radio Presentation for Modern Language Association's What's the Word? series on Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me Ultima, 2001.

"Multiculturalism and a Liberal Arts Education."  Keynote lecture at the University of the Pacific.  29 Apr 2000.

"Making Place and Marking Self in the Multicultural Classroom." With Rigor for All:  Language Arts Standards and Effective Practices Conference.  UCLA.  15 Apr 2000.

"The Tropics of Mestizaje:  Race and the Shape of Chicana/o Culture."  Department of English, UC Berkeley.  25 Jan 2000.

"Writing Multiculturalism."  Department of English.  Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles.  13 Apr 1999.

"On the Future of Ethnic Studies."  California State University, Los Angeles.  28 Oct 1999.

"Multiculturalism and Migration."  Unthinking America Conference.  University of Indiana, Bloomington American Studies Program.  13 Feb 1999.

"Race, Hybridity, and the Voice of the Mestizo."  Department of English.  University of California, Los Angeles.  31 Jan 1996 

 

"Aztlán and Chicano Culture."  Inaugural Symposium for the Luis Leal Endowed Chair.  University of California, Santa Barbara.  22 Mar 1995. 

 

"Myth and Memory in Chicano Poetry."  Latin American and Hispanic Studies Program.  University of California, Santa Barbara.  8 Feb 1995. 

 

"Chicana/o Cultural Discourse and Postcoloniality."  Brown University.  30 Mar 1994. 

 

"Four or Five Worlds - Chicana/o Literary Criticism as Postcolonial Discourse."  Brandeis University.  6 Dec 1993.

"Four or Five Worlds - Chicana/o Literary Criticism as Postcolonial Discourse."  University of California, Santa Barbara.  9 Mar 1993.

"Chicano/a Culture and Counter-Memory: Subversion/Resistance."  University of Colorado, Boulder.  11 Feb 1993.

"Pinto and Pachuco: Signs of Resistance in the Poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca."  Williams College.  12 Jan 1993.

Honors/Awards:

UC Mexus Mini-Grant.  $1000 award to support video documentary project.  Winter 2000 (declined).

 

University of California, Los Angeles, Faculty Research Grant.  Provides $2,957 in research funds for 1999/2000.

 

University of California, Los Angeles, Office of Instructional Development Mini-Grant.   

$750 award to support video documentary project.  Fall 1999. 

 

University of California, Los Angeles, Faculty Research Grant.  Provides $2,843 in research funds for 1998/1999.

 

Choices Outstanding Academic Books for 1996 for Movements in Chicano Poetry (Cambridge University Press 1995) 

 

University of California, Santa Barbara, Regents' Humanities Faculty Fellowship.  Provides $3,000 in salary support for Summer 1996

 

University of California, Santa Barbara, Faculty Research Grant.  Provides $3,000 in research funds for Summer 1995.

 

University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Faculty Research Grant.  Provides leave time salary for Spring 1992, $5,000 ad hoc personnel funds for the department, and $500 Supplies & Expenses funds.

University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Faculty Research Grant.  Provides leave time salary for Spring 1991, $5,000 ad hoc personnel funds for the department, and $500 Supplies & Expenses funds.

Named by Wisconsin Student Association one of the best fifty professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991.

Postdoctoral research support, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Provides $7,000 in support, 1989.

Professional Activities:

Service
Chair, UCLA English Department, 2007 - 2010

Chicano Studies Research Center Faculty Advisory Committee, 2006 - 2007

Modern Language Association Executive Committee of the Division on Chicana and Chicano Literature, 2003 - 2007.  Chair, 2007.

Modern Language Association Prize for Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies selection committee, 2003 – 2006.  Chair 2004, 2005.

Panelist for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty from Underrepresented Groups, 2001 - present.

Member of Hubbell Award Committee, American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America, 2000 - 2003, chair, 2003.

Modern Language Association Executive Committee of the Division on 20th-Century American Literature, 1995 - 1999.  Chair, 1999.

Appointments
Editorial Board, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2005 - 2007 

Editorial Board, Latino Studies, 2004 - present

Editorial Board, American Literary History, 2003 - 2007

Advisory Board, Comparative American Studies: An International Journal, 2003 - present

Editorial Board, Contemporary Literature, 2002 - 2006

Advisory Board Member, Chicano/a Visions of the Americas Book Series, University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 - present

Editorial Board, American Literature, 2000 - 2002

Editorial Board, Aztlán:  A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2000 - 2002; 2006 - present

Contributing Editor to the literary magazine Jubilat, 2000 - 2003

Curatorial Committee, Just Another Poster?:  Chicano Graphic Arts in California." 1995 - 2001.  Exhibited 2001 - 2003

Associate Editor, Contemporary Literature, 1990 - 1992 

 

Book Review Editor, Contemporary Literature, 1989 - 1992

Reviewing
Ethnoscapes: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Race and Ethnicity in the Global Context, 2006 – present

Contemporary Literature, 2006 - present

American Literary History, 2004 – 2010

Meridians, 2001 - present

Oxford University Press, 2000 - present

World Literature Today, 2000 - present

 

PMLA, 1999 - present

University of Oklahoma Press, 1999 - present

Temple University Press, 1998 - present

Duke University Press, 1997 - present

Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1997 - 2000

 

American Literary History, 1996 - 2002

 

Cambridge University Press, 1995 - present

Routledge Press, 1995 - present

MELUS, 1993 - present

 

Contemporary Literature, 1992 – 2002; 2006  - present

Post-Doctoral Fellows
Karina Olivia-Alvarado, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008, renewed 2008-2009)

Dr. Ewa Luczak of Poland, Fullbright Research award (2007-2008)

Rod Hernández, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2002, renewed 2002-2003)

Catherine Ramírez, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2002)

Professional Interests:

Research
Postmodern theory and culture, Chicano cultural studies, Chicano poetry, postcolonial studies, race and Chicano culture, multicultural literature, contemporary American literature.

Teaching
Chicano cultural studies, Chicano poetry, postcolonial theory, Chicano literature, postmodern theory, multicultural literature.

Languages:

Spanish, Portuguese