CSRC Fellows & Visiting Scholars 2008-2009

Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars

Carlos M. Haro, assistant director emeritus of the CSRC, has a BA, MA, and PhD from UCLA. His research interests include Chicano education and the history of Chicanos and the schools, oral history research, and comparative and international education. From 1983 through 2001 Dr. Haro served as the assistant to the director and then as assistant dean of UCLA’s International Studies and Overseas Programs. He also served as the program director of the CSRC from 1975 through 1983 and then as assistant director from 2002 through 2007. Dr. Haro is responsible for the CSRC’s annual Latina/o Education Summit series at UCLA, which assesses the critical issues facing Latina/os in the educational pipeline from kindergarten through graduate studies. The 2006 summit, “Falling through the Cracks: Critical Transitions in the Latina/o Educational Pipeline,” was organized by Dr. Haro and Professor Daniel Solorzano. The 2007 summit, “California Community College Students: Understanding the Latina/o Transfer Experience through All Segments of Postsecondary Education,” focused on the importance of the transfer process from community colleges to four-year institutions. “K-12 Education: What Can School Board Members and School Superintendents Do to Assure Student Success?”—the 2008 summit—explored the importance of governance and policy making. The 2009 summit, “Critical Issues for Immigrant and Undocumented Students in the Latina/o Education Pipeline,” focused on how policy and practices affect Latina/o students by looking at the obstacles that limit their opportunities and their access to education, the programs that serve them, and their academic success. Dr. Haro’s publications include Criticisms of Traditional Postsecondary School Admissions Criteria: A Search for Alternatives; Mexicano/Chicano Concerns and School Desegregation in Los Angeles; and The Bakke Decision: The Question of Chicano Access to Higher Education. He also co-authored Mendez v. Westminster: Paving the Way for School Desegregation and co-edited International Education in the New Global Era: Proceedings of a National Policy Conference on the Higher Education Act, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays Programs.
Deena Gonzalez, the Institute of America Cultures (IAC) Postdoctoral Fellow for 2008–09, is professor and chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She obtained her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gonzalez is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and fellowships and has published over thirty-seven articles and reviews. Her research integrates cross-historical, feminist, and border studies. During her IAC fellowship she will complete the draft of a book dealing with attitudes and responses to women of Mexican origin. This work will contribute significantly to the literature on cross-century Chicana feminist analysis, a relatively unexplored area of Chicano studies.
Andrés E. Jiménez is project director of the California Program on Opportunity and Equity (CalPOE), a cross-campus academic public service program that applies independent, nonpartisan scholarly research expertise to public policy issues. Mr. Jiménez researches, writes, and teaches about society and politics in the United States and Mexico, U.S. race and ethnic relations, U.S. immigration policy, and U.S.–Latin American relations. He has published commentaries in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, and the San Jose Mercury News. His analysis and commentaries have been aired on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, the British Broadcasting Service, the Univision Network, and the Telemundo Network. Before joining CalPOE, Mr. Jiménez was director of the UC California Policy Research Center for more than sixteen years, and coordinator of research programs at the Institute of International Studies and the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley, for more than a decade. Mr. Jiménez serves as member of the State Advisory Council of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has participated on the editorial committees of the Harvard Journal for Hispanic Policy and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. He has been twice elected to the national policy council for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). He currently serves as chair of the APPAM diversity and equity committee. He also served on the advisory board for a major RAND Corporation study of the effects of large-scale immigration and on the board of directors for the International Institute of the East Bay and the Newcomers Task Force of Contra Costa County, which he chaired. Mr. Jiménez received his BA in politics and Latin American studies from UC Santa Cruz, and he pursued doctoral studies in political science at UC Berkeley. As a CSRC visiting scholar, Mr. Jiménez will continue to coordinate projects for CalPOE and conduct scholarly analyses of public policy topics in collaboration with UCLA faculty and colleagues at other UC campuses.
Fiamma Montezemolo is an associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Cultural Studies at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico. Dr. Montezemolo received her PhD from the Università degli Studi di Napoli–L’Orientale, Italy. She is the author of two ethnographies, Senza volto: L’etnicità e il genere nel movimento zapatista (Faceless: Ethnicity and Gender in the Zapatista Movement) and La mia storia non la tua: La costruzione dell’identità chicana tra etero e autorappresentazione (My History, Not Yours: Chicana Identity between Representation and Self-representation), and a co-author of Here Is Tijuana: A Visual Ethnography. She has articles in numerous national and international publications, including Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (UCLA), Third Text (UK), Revista de Antropología Social (Madrid University), Aztlán (Guadalajara University), Letras Libres (Mexico), and Avatar (Italy). She contributed an essay for [Situational] Public >Público [situacional], published in conjunction with inSite05, a binational public art event. During her stay at the CSRC she will be conducting archival and ethnographic research for a project on the rapport between art practice, ethnicity, and violence. Dr. Montezemolo will also be completing a book on contemporary Tijuana co-edited with Josh Kuhn (USC).
Seraina Rohrer is PhD student at the Universität Zürich, Switzerland, where she participates in a national doctoral program in gender studies. She teaches courses in film studies and regularly curates film programs, and she is the recipient of a major grant from the university. She has lived and worked in the United States and Mexico and headed the press office of the Locarno International Film Festival. Ms. Rohrer is currently working on her dissertation on transnational cinema, which examines films made since the 1970s (including short videos on YouTube) in which the border plays a central role. Her research attempts to sketch out a border aesthetic and an iconography of these productions. She is also interested in how they circulate within the community in various formats (film, VHS, DVD, internet) and how they are consumed by spectators from within the community, resulting in these films being a reference from and for the community as a whole. Ms. Rohrer’s research at the CSRC will focus on considering the context and conditions of production, distribution, and spectatorship. 
Alvaro Huerta is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include immigrant workers and their social networks. At the CSRC, Mr. Alvaro is completing his dissertation, which focuses on the negative and positive aspects of social networks among immigrants, with a special emphasis on the informal labor market. He is examining immigrants’ strong ties (members within cohesive groups) and weak ties (members outside cohesive groups). The objective of his research is to better understand how marginalized immigrant workers, who lack human capital and financial resources, utilize their social networks to navigate this country’s informal economy. Mr. Alvaro has been a research associate at the UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty and a community scholar at the UCLA Program in Urban Planning. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, the latest being a 2007–08 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in the civic engagement–graduate student category. He has published as a scholar and as a creative writer.
Michael Chiarderelli is a graduate student in history, criticism, and theory of cinema and audiovisual arts at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy. His research at CSRC explores the use of cinema and mass media during the Chicano civil rights movement and, specifically, how deterritorialized cinema was used to express the drama of exile and loss of identity. Mr. Chiarderelli discusses the “first cinema oligarchy” as a an example of media aimed to entertain and distract audiences and examines how the debate that has developed around the “third film” questions definitions of otherness and marginality and promotes a renewal of film theory.
Christina Carotenuto is a graduate student in language science at Università Ca’Foscari, Italy, where her areas of research interest include Chicano language within a literary context. Her research at CSRC focuses on the study of various aspects of Chicano culture, from the strictly linguistic (e.g., differences between Castilian Spanish and Chicano) to the sociolinguistic spheres, and how Chicano culture is reflected in literary texts. Ms. Carotenuto also plans to translate a Chicano novel into Italian; her commentary will draw out the most significant linguistic and cultural difficulties of translation (including, for example, whether to translate realia) and will describe the translating strategies she puts into practice.

UCCLR Latino Policy Studies (SCR-43) Associates

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Maylei Blackwell, Assistant Professor, UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Project: “Lideres campesinas: Transnational Migrant Organizing Strategies”
Vilma Ortiz, Professor, UCLA Department of Sociology
Project: “Home Ownership and Wealth among Mexican Americans”
Ofelia Huidor, PhD candidate, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Project: "Riding the Yellow Bus in a Post-Brown Era: Experiences of Mexican-Origin Students in a Racially Integrated Suburban School Setting"
Maria Malagon, PhD candidate, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Project: “Trenches Under the Pipeline: Understanding the Chicano Male Continuation High School Experience”
Lindsay Perez Huber, PhD candidate, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Project: “Suenos indocumentados: The Educational Experiences of Undocumented Chicanas in California Higher Education”