Creating an Archive of Central American Experiences in the D.M.V.: The Art of Veronica Melendez

T​his​ session features Salvadoran-Guatemalan-American photographer and illustrator Veronica Melendez, from Washington, D.C.​ Melendez has been featured in venues such as Remezcla, Mitu, and NPR’s Alt Latino for casting light on Central American artistic production in the D.C. metropolitan area––​or, in shorthand,… Read More

The World Cup, Aimé Césaire, and Contested Nationalities

As France prepared to face Croatia in the World Cup final, I couldn’t help wondering what poet Aimé Césaire (1913–2008) would have thought. Eighty-three years before teenage phenomenon Kylian Mbappé and his teammates blazed their way to their fateful encounter… Read More

The World Cup Is Coming. U.S. Won’t Be There. Mexico Will. Get Ready for a Mexican Flag Controversy.

The World Cup in Russia is set to begin in June. Of course, the United States won’t be participating. Team U.S.A. failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. But Mexico will be there and… Read More

Montaged Spaces, Literary Journalism, and Urgency

“Montaged Spaces, Literary Journalism, and Urgency” is the third Podcast from the South, spotlighting Stephanie Elizondo Griest, memoirist, travel writer, and chronicler of the borderlands. Elizondo Griest is also Assistant Professor and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at… Read More

Scripting the Cuban Nation from Manhattan

This second podcast features Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and the Director of  the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Mirabal is the author of Suspect Freedoms: The… Read More

LatinX Evacuations, TPS, and the Shithouse

A photograph by artist R. Galvan prominently features a custom rubber stamp from 2017. The piece is titled “Administrative Care” and shows a hand about to continuously imprint this query: “Why did you come to the United States?” This is… Read More

Russell Contreras

Russell Contreras is a reporter with The Associated Press in Albuquerque, N.M. He has worked at the Boston Globe and the Albuquerque Journal. He is currently working on book about President John F. Kennedy and the Mexican American Civil Rights… Read More

María DeGuzmán

María DeGuzmán is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and founding Director of Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of two books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American… Read More

Ada Ferrer

Ada Ferrer is Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She is the author of Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898, which won the 2000 Berkshire Book Prize and has been translated into… Read More

Iveris Martinez

Iveris Luz Martinez was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Cuban exiles and grew up in West New York speaking Spanish as her first language. She completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University,… Read More

John Mckiernan-González

John Mckiernan-González is the author of Fevered Measures: Public Health and Race at the Texas-Mexico Border, 1848-1942 and the co-editor of Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America. He brings his migrant experiences living in Colombia,… Read More

Claudia Milian

Claudia Milian is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Director of the Program in Latino/a in the Global South at Duke University. She is the author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring Latino/a Studies.

West New York, NJ: A Reflective Dossier of Scholarly Formation

Three Latina scholars from the town of West New York, N.J. mull over their North Hudson (or “NoHu”) location where, according to the New York Times, “working class grit and Manhattan glitz meet.” West New York, in the borderlands between… Read More

The Unknowable: Archival Strategies for Another Way to Be

Today was the day. On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama ended former President Bill Clinton’s “wet foot, dry foot policy.” Enacted in 1995 in response to the wave of balseros leaving Cuba for the United States, Clinton’s wet foot,… Read More

In My Suegro’s Path: A 1951 Crónica

Imagine two people—son-in-law and father-in-law—sitting in a microvan. Both are surprised and chagrined to be living in Texas. And now we are going on an all-day medical field trip together. At age 82, my suegro, Solomon Cordova, Jr., relied on… Read More

Scenes from the Latino Southwest on Election Day

Around 8 a.m. on Election Day, Jacqueline Lima and her 4-year-old sister, Karla, went to the front door of their East Las Vegas home. A crowd had conspicuously gathered outside, and the 20-year-old Lima knew something was up. Through a… Read More

Why Spanish is not a foreign language in the United States

I watched Election Day coverage from a hospital bed. Like millions of Americans, news that Republican Donald Trump was on his way to winning the presidency of the United States stunned me. I delivered my first child via cesarean only… Read More

Nancy Raquel Mirabal

Nancy Raquel Mirabal is Associate Professor of American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies and Director of the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics… Read More

Bianca Torres

Blanca Torres is a writer and journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently writes about real estate and development for the San Francisco Business Times. Besides news reports, she writes fiction, memoir and essays and earned… Read More

The South, Southerness, and Latinos and Latinas: What are Their Intersections?

Author and professor Lorraine López, from Vanderbilt University, joins the Podcast from the South team in North Carolina for this inaugural episode focusing on the South, Southerness, and Latinos and Latinas. The South’s distinctiveness, López tells the hosts, can be… Read More