Director of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Irene Vásquez received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves as Director of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. She holds a faculty position as an Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies and American Studies. Irene Vásquez specializes in the intersectional histories and politics of Mexican-descent populations in the Americas. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. and transnational social and political movements. She co-authored a book on the Chicana and Chicano Movement titled, Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement: Ideology, 1966-1977, published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has written several essays in English and Spanish on the historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Latin American descent peoples in the Americas. Irene Vásquez co-edited the The Borders In All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Societies, published by New World African Press. Her current project is a history of Chicana women in the U.S.
In the area of K-12 Education service, Irene Vásquez has served as a co-founder and Council of Trustees member for Academia Semillas Civil, an organization offering innovative public schooling in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, she was appointed to the Mayor’s Education Advisory Council for the City of Los Angeles.
Dr. Vasquez’s CV can be found here.
- “Showcasing Three Powerful First-Generation Latinas,” Hispanic Outlook. February 21, 2011, 8.
- “Irene Vasquez: Director of World Cultural Studies Discusses Link Between African Americans and Latinos on LA Alliance.” Joanie Harmon. DATELINE Dominguez Hills/ Campus News: June 4, 2009.
- Irene Vasquez on LA Alliance speaking about the community historical and cultural bonds between African American and Latino American descent peoples in the Americas (interview starts at 1:50 mark).
- “Visiting Scholars Tap Library’s Vast Resources.” Carolyn Gonzales. University of New Mexico Campus News: January 18, 2005.