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Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies

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The Chicano/a Latino/a Studies program at Pomona College is part of the larger Intercollegiate Department of Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at the Claremont Colleges.

Chicano/a Latino/a Studies is concurrently a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry broadly relating to people of Latin American descent within the hemisphere, in particular within the United States and the wider diaspora.

Chicano/a Latino/a Studies is the “umbrella name” for distinct and important  academic and critical inquiries which began to converge in the last 20 years. Chicano/a studies emerged in the academy as a product of educational and social movements of the 1960s. These movements led to the initial creation of the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano/a Studies here at the Claremont Colleges in 1969, making our department the second oldest in the nation. More recently, Latino/a Studies has emerged as a field of inquiry relating to Latin Americans in the hemisphere, and has been the site for work seeking to transcend the gaps in area studies and ethnic studies.

As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, Chicano/a Latino/a Studies  contributes to every and all fields in the humanities and social sciences, including professional programs such as education, social work, medicine, and law. Courses in the Chicano/a Latino/a Studies major take into account the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, and sexuality. These courses are distributed across four areas of concentration that make up the major in Chicano/a Latino/a Studies:

  • Border and transnational studies
  • Educación: social justice, formation, and critical pedagogy
  • Literature, art, and representation
  • Politics, social movements, and labor
Faculty
Name/ContactTitleProfileWebPhoneLocation
Raymond BurielHarry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Psychology (909) 607-2249Lincoln, 2103
Gilda OchoaProfessor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (909) 607-2604Hahn, 220
Tomas Summers SandovalAssociate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History (909) 607-2916Mason Hall, 125
Miguel Tinker SalasArango Professor in Latin American History and Professor of History and Chicano/a Studies (909) 607-2920Mason Hall, 119
Staff
Name/ContactTitlePhoneLocation
Tami ArnoldDeparment Coordinator (909) 607-3221Lincoln Building, 1103

Mailing AddressPomona College, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, 647 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 607-3221

Campus LocationLincoln Building, 1103