Message From the Chair


The mission of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies is to train a new generation of scholars to research and analyze the life, history, and culture of Mexican-origin people within the United States, as well as of other Latino/a and indigenous populations in the Americas. Addressing local, national, and transnational contexts, the Chicana/o Studies curriculum at UCLA explores race, class, gender, and sexuality paradigms as they have shaped the history of the field, as well as new directions in the study of Chicana/os and Latina/os, including: Border and Transnational Studies, Expressive Arts, History, Language, and Culture of the Americas and Labor, Law, & Policy Studies. 

The faculty of the César Chávez Department, situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, utilizes Los Angeles as a laboratory for studying the social transformations taking place in California, the Southwest, and the United States. We aim to provide our students with the interdisciplinary research tools necessary to advance knowledge in the field, provide academic leadership, and serve community needs with academic resources.