Our faculty represent a range of teaching and research interests as well as multidisciplinary approaches. They are active in local research projects, community and public service activities. Students often participate with faculty in these activities. Please refer to the faculty page for further details about individual faculty credentials, teaching and research interests.
Katynka Martinez, Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., Communication, University of California at San Diego;
BA, Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz
The research areas of Professor Martinez include Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Latina/Latino Studies and Communication. Prior to arriving at SF State, Professor Martínez was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California where she worked on the research project, “Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures.”
Here in the Latina/Latino Studies Department, she teaches media studies and communication courses on topics such as film, television, visual culture and journalism. The students in her Latina/o Journalism class research the history of the U.S. Latino press and contribute articles, photography and artwork to the Mission District bilingual newspaper El Tecolote.
Publications by Martínez include:
"American Idols with Caribbean Soul: Cubanidad and the Latin Grammys" in Latino Studies 4:4 (2006); "Monolingualism, Biculturalism and Cable TV: HBO Latino and the Promise of the Multiplex" in Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting, Ed. Banet-Weiser, Chris, and Freitas (2007); "Real Women and Their Curves: Letters to the Editor and a Magazine’s Celebration of the 'Latina body'" in Latina/o Communication Studies Today, Ed. Angharad N. Valdivia (2008); “The Garcia Family: A Portrait of Urban Los Angeles,” “Sharing Snapshots of Teen Friendship and Love,” and “Being More Than ‘Just a Banker:’ DIY Youth Culture and DIY Capitalism in a High School Computer Club” in Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, Mizuko Ito, et al. (2008). "Pac-Man Meets the Minutemen: Video Games by Los Angeles Latino Youth" in National Civic Review 100:3 (2011). "Translating Telenovelas in a Neo-Network Era" in Wired TV: Laboring Over an Interactive Future, Ed. Denise Mann (2014). "Latina/Latino Community Journalism: A San Francisco Case Study" in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media. Edited by María Elena Cepeda and Dolores Inés Casillas (2017). "'I Exist Because You Exist:' Teaching History and Supporting Student Engagement through Bilingual Community Journalism" in Civic Engagement in Diverse Latina/o Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action. Edited by Mari Castañeda and Joseph Krupczynski (2018).
Tomas Almaguer, Professor (Emeritus)
Ph.D and M.A., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley;
B.A. (with High Honors) University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Tomás Almaguer is Professor of Ethnic Studies and former Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He currently teaches undergraduate courses for the Latina/Latino Studies Department and for the Sociology, Sexuality Studies, History, and Women & Gender Studies Departments. He also fields the “Latino Studies Seminar” in the Ethnic Studies Master of Arts graduate program and graduate courses for the graduate program in Sexuality Studies.
Professor Almaguer received his Ph.D from the Sociology Department at the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. He subsequently served as Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University in the Department of Sociology and Center for Chicano Research. He has held formal academic appointments in the Department of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley; in the American Studies Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and in the Department of Sociology and Program in American Culture at The University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan he served as Director of the Center for Research on Social Organization and Chair of the Latino/a Studies Program. He also held the Arthur F. Thurnau Chair while at the University of Michigan in recognition of his distinguished undergraduate and graduate teaching. In Academic Year 2000-01, he received The Circle Award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the Latino community and the University of Michigan.
Professor Almaguer’s various publications include Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California second edition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009) and the widely-reprinted “Chicano Men: A Cartography of Homosexual Identity and Behavior” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer 1991). His most recent articles include “Looking for Papi: Longing and Desire among Chicano Gay Men” in A Companion to Latina/o Studies, Renato Rosaldo and Juan Flores, Eds. (New York: Blackwell, 2007); “The Material and Cultural Worlds of Latino Gay Men,” in Gay Latino Studies, Michael Hames-Garcia and Ernesto Martinez Eds., (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011) and a co-authored article (with Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Hector Carrillo, and Carlos Decena) entitled “Revisiting Activos and Pasivos: Towards New Cartographies of Latino and Latin American Male Same-Sex Desire” in Latino/a Sexualities: A Reader, Marysol Asencio, Ed., (New York: Rutgers University Press, 2009). The last article received the Carlos Monsivais Award for the Best Academic Essay in the Social Sciences from the Sexualities Section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2010.
Among his most recent publications include: “The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the United States,” in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, (2012); “Juntos Pero No Revueltos: Race, Citizenship, and the Conundrums of Latinidad,” in Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism, John J. Betancur and Cedric Herring, Eds., (Boston: Brill, 2012) and “Race, Racialization, and Latino Populations” in Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century, Daniel Hosang, Oneka Bennett, and Laura Pulido, Eds. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012). He is also co-editor, with Ramon Gutierrez, of The New Latino Studies Reader: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective, published in August 2016 by The University of California Press. A revised version of an earlier article, retitled “Longing and Same-Sex Desire among Mexican Men,” will appear in that publication.
Teresa Carrillo, Professor
Ph.D, M.A., Political Science, Stanford University;
B.A.S., Liberal Arts & Sciences, The Colorado College
Dr. Teresa Carrillo specializes in Latino Politics with an emphasis on immigration and transnational connections in the Americas. Carrillo teaches Raza Immigration (LTNS 470), Latino Politics (LTNS 660), a course on globalization (LTNS 445), a course on Mexican politics (LTNS 670), and the Seminar on Women and Gender (LTNS 410). She is faculty advisor for the student publication Coyolxauhqui Remembered: A Journal of Latina Voices.
Professor Carrillo comes from a large family in Tucson, Arizona. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America and her teaching and research interests reflect her fascination with Latinos as political actors in a constant interaction with local, national and transnational political forces. She has recently published an article on the transnationalisation of domestic service and is presently working on a book manuscript entitled “Watching Over Greater Mexico: The Institute of Mexicans Abroad and the Limits of Extra-territorial Governance.” At the end of each Spring semester, Carrillo leads the Department's Mexico Solidarity Travel/Study tour to Mexico.
Carlos Cordova, Professor
Ed.D., Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco;
M.A., B.A. San Francisco State University
Dr. Córdova is a native of El Salvador and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1965. He received a Doctorate in Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco in 1986. He joined the faculty of Raza Studies as a lecturer in 1974 and was hired as a tenure-track faculty in 1986. He presently holds the rank of Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. He has also taught in the History, Anthropology, Education, and Social Work departments at SFSU.
Professor Córdova has worked on a variety of research projects ranging from shamanism among Guatemalan and Mexican Mayan peoples to the migration patterns and adaptation dynamics of Central American immigrants in the U.S., the formation of Central American communities and identities in the U.S., Caribbean art and culture, and the Lucumi or Santeria traditions in Cuba and Puerto Rico. He presently teaches LTNS 280 Latina/o Transculturation; LTNS 320 Latina/o Art History; LTNS 460: Central Americans in the U.S.; LTNS 450: Indigenismo; and LTNS 440: Caribbean Cultures.
Dr. Córdova has published numerous research articles in professional and art journals and is the author of “The Salvadoran Americans” published by Greenwood Press in 2005. He is also the author of a chapter on Salvadoran communities in the U.S in the forthcoming book series entitled “Multicultural America: The Newest Americans” by Ron Bayor (ed) Greenwood Press.
Professor Córdova is an active participant in the cultural and political life in the Mission district in San Francisco. He was one of the founding members of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and has been a member of various community Boards including the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Mission Cultural Center, the founding Board of Directors at the Center for the Arts in the Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Board of Directors at the Mission Neighborhood Centers.
Jose Cuellar, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles;
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
A native of San Antonio, Texas, I came to higher education in 1966, following four years of active duty in the United States Air Force, and two-years as a saxophonist-singer with Tom Cellie and the Charades. I have held positions at the Claremont Colleges (1971-73, 1975-77), USC (1973-75), the Univesity of Colorado at Boulder (1977-78), the University of California at Santa Barbara (1978-79), Allied Home Health Association (1979-80), San Diego State University (1980-83), Stanford University (1983-88), the Prevention Research Center and the University of California at Berkeley (1988-90). I have been Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University since 1990. I am also internationally known as “Dr. Loco”, the founding director of the acclaimed Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band since 1989, and have produced and performed on four music CDs (Con Safos in 1991, Movimiento Music in 1992, Puro Party in 1995, and Barrio Ritmos & Blues in 1998) and a feature film musical soundtrack Alambrista! The Director’s Cut (2002). Some of my publications include: “Chicanismo” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (2001); “El Saxofón in Tejano and Norteño Music” in !Puro Conjunto! An Album in Words and Pictures. U of Texas Press (2001); “Cesar E. Chavez” and “Farm Labor” in Pollution—A to Z. Macmillan (in press). Some of my honors, grants and awards include: The Rockefeller Humanities Gatesway Fellowship (1997-98);The Diversity in Teaching and Learning Distinguished Faculty Award (2000); A Ford Foundation Grant (2001-2003); The Distinguished Alumnus Award, California State University at Long Beach’s College of Arts and Letters (2002); and the Pillar of Achievement Award, Golden West College (2003).
Brigitte Davila, Lecturer
J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley;
B.A., Rhetoric,University of California, Berkeley
Brigitte Dávila is from Los Angeles with roots in Colorado and New Mexico. Dávila has taught in the Latina/Latino Studies Department for the last six years. Among her classes are, Government & Constitutional Ideals, Cyber-raza: Latino Culture and Community Online, Community Organizing, and the occasional Critical Thinking course. Currently, her area of focus is law and public policy, with an emphasis on community activism.
As Program Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Community Service Learning Program, Dávila has the opportunity to work closely with community-based organizations actively supporting Latinos. She has received acknowledgment and awards for her innovative community service learning curricula. Professor Dávila is also active in local politics and played a major role in the recent mayoral campaign in support of John Avalos.
Jeffrey M. Reies Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor
Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (www.rosesinconcrete.org), the Teaching Excellence Network (www.10teaching.org) and the Community Responsive Education Group (www.communityresponsive.org). As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. In 2015, Duncan-Andrade was tapped to be a Commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) and in 2016 was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings for the past three years.
Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.
Yessica Garcia Hernandez, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego;
M.A, Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies, California State University Los Angeles; B.A., Chicana/o Studies, UC Riverside
Dr. Yessica Garcia Hernandez is an Assistant Professor in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Ethnic Studies Department at University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on Chicanx/Latinx Cultural studies, Performance Studies, Transnational Popular Culture, Sound Studies, Girl Studies, Racialized Sexuality, Fat Studies, Girl Studies, and Porn Studies. She currently teaches courses that focus on gender and sexualities. Dr. Garcia-Hernandez looks forward to creating a Critical Girl Studies class to continue her artivist work with the Rebel Quinceañera Collective in the Fruitvale area of Oakland.
Dr. Garcia Hernandez is trained in different ethnographic methodologies including digital ethnography, film ethnography, performance-ethnography, oral history and what she calls, “charlas parranderas” to investigate working-class nightclub life and music fan’s intimate engagements. Her research has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, AAUW, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, UC-MEXUS, Critical Refugee Collective, MANA Latina Foundation and UC/Mellon.
She is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first examines the fandom around late singer Jenni Rivera’s phenomenon in Intoxicated by Jenni Rivera: The Politics of Pirujeria, Sonic Pedagogies of Deviance and the Erotics of Fandom (tentative title). Her second manuscript, Fat Latina Perversities: Latinx BBW Porn, Gordibuenas, and Fat Sex (tentative title) explores different case studies about Fat Latina sex positivity.
Some of Dr. Garcia Hernandez’ scholarship include: “Latina Fans Agitate Respectability: Rethinking Anti-Fans and Anti-Fandom.” In Transformative Works and Culture. No. 29. May 15, 2019. “Femmes Fucking the Camera: Listening to the Sonics of Boudoir Photography.” In So Sounding out! December 15, 2018. “Unapologetic Paisa Chingona-ness: Listening to Fans’ Sonic Identities.” In So Sounding out! August 28, 2017. “Sonic Pedagogies: Latina Girls, Mother-Daughter Relationships, and Learning Feminisms through Consumption of Jenni Rivera” Journal of Popular Music. 28 Fall 2016. “Intoxication as a Feminist Pleasure: Drinking, Dancing, and Un- Dressing for/with Jenni Rivera. New American Notes Online. New York City College of Technology. Issue 9. Spring 2016.
Melissa Guzman-Garcia, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Melissa Guzman is an Assistant Professor in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Dr. Guzman received her Ph.D. from the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Guzman’s research focuses on racialization, Latina/o sociology, migration, religion, and the criminalization of communities of color. She currently teaches undergraduate courses for the Latina/Latino Studies Department that focus on race, crime, and juvenile justice.
Dr. Guzman has extensive training across different social scientific research methodologies—including ethnography, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, and comparative-historical methods. Dr. Guzman looks forward to teaching new courses in Latina/Latino religious experiences in the US; Latinas in the Criminal Justice System; and the Criminalization of Immigrant Latina/o Families in the US.
Some of Dr. Guzman’s recent ethnographic work on migration and religion, titled “Spiritual Citizenship: Immigrant religious participation and the management of deportability,” can be found in International Migration Review. Her other publications have appeared in Latinas/os and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (2015: ABC-CLIO), Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations (2011: Palgrave McMillan), and the McNair Scholars Journal (2006). She is currently working on two academic journal articles and a book manuscript that examine the collateral consequences of mass incarceration in the lives of Evangelical Latina/o communities across Central and Northern California.
Dr. Guzman’s research has received support from the Louisville Institute, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC-MEXUS), and the National Science Foundation.
Felix Kury, Lecturer
M.S. Counseling; B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, Universidad de El Salvador
Felix Kury specializes in mental health policy issues facing Latinos in the U.S. He has taught at SFSU since 1988. Felix teaches Latino Health Care Perspectives, Latino Family Narratives, Latino Mental Health, Cuba: Health, Education & Culture, Community Organizing, and other courses. We encourage students who are considering a career in health and human services to take Professor Kury’s courses in order to develop a community-based framework for reforming health care services to better serve Latinos and other under-served populations.
In addition to his teaching duties, Felix is a licensed therapist. He has worked with Survivors International and provides pro-bono consultation for the Center For Justice and Accountability. He has published research in: trauma and war; torture survivors; depression, resilience, and other protective factors among Latinas in the context of intergenerational cultural change and gender.
Felix established the SFSU Cuba Educational Project in 1996, the first such academic exchange between Cuba and SFSU, taking over 350 students to Cuba on the study-tour. Felix has also organized other study tours to Venezuela and El Salvador.
Felix is Program Director and Founding Faculty Advisor for the Clínica Martín-Baró SFSU-UCSF in the Mission District of San Francisco. Clínica Martín-Baró serves uninsured, low-income persons who would otherwise have limited or no access to healthcare on a regular basis. Many of the Clínica’s patients have not seen a doctor in years, if ever in their lifetime. Clínica Martín-Baró was conceived and inspired by two of Felix’s former students, Dr. Caro Monico and Dr. Zoel Quiñonez. Clínica’s model is based on Liberation Theology. Ignacio Martin-Baró, a Jesuit priest from El Salvador who was murdered by the Salvadoran Army in 1989, developed a model of Liberation Psychology, which is integrated into the services that Clínica provides. SFSU and UCSF students have learned that making a preferential option for the poor is now part of their mission in life:
Alejandro Murguia, Professor
M.F.A. Creative Writing; B.A., English, San Francisco State University
Writing specialist in Latina/Latino Studies, Professor Murguia teaches Second Year Written Composition, Latina/o Creative Writing Workshop, Introduction to Latina/o Literature, Contemporary Latina/Latino Literature, and Central American Literature. Also faculty advisor for the student publication, Cipactli: Latina/Latino Studies Journal of Literature and Art.
Alejandro Murguia is a two-time winner of the American Book Award, most recently (August, 2003) for This War Called Love: Nine Stories, City Lights Books. His memoir The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California, University of Texas Press, has been nominated for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. His past books include Southern Front, (American Book Award winner in 1992 ) and Volcan, Poetry from Central America. He was also a founding member and the first director of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Maria L. Quintana, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., History Department, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Maria Quintana’s primary research and teaching interests include Latino/a histories, U.S./Mexico histories, Labor Studies, Civil Rights, comparative immigration/migration, colonialism and empire, and Chicana/o histories.
Prior to arriving at San Francisco State University, Dr. Quintana was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University at the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM), where she worked on her book project, Contracting Freedom: Race, Empire, and U.S. Labor Importation Programs, 1942-1964. This project interprets “guestworkers” and the Bracero Program through a transnational and global history of labor rights and empire.
Dr. Quintana earned her Ph.D. in 2016 from the History Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship as well as the Hanauer Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Washington.
Belinda I. Reyes, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Economics University of California, Berkeley;
B.S. , Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Belinda I. Reyes is an Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and the Director of the César E. Chavez Institute for Public Policy. She was formerly a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her publications include: Holding the Line? The Effect of the Recent Border Build-up on Unauthorized Immigration; Taking the Oath: An Analysis of Naturalization in California and the United States; and A Portrait of Race and Ethnicity in California: An Assessment of Social and Economic Well-Being. They explore different dimensions of immigration, policy, and the social and economic progress of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. She also conducted research on racial diversity on education. In Systems of Elections, Latino Representation, and Student Outcomes in Central California and Faculty, Managers, and Administrators in the University of California, 1996 to 2002, Reyes explores ethnic diversity in higher ed and k-12 and the potential consequences of under-representation. Her research focuses on the policy issues confronting the Latino and immigrant population in the United States. She has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations. She has been a senior program associate at PolicyLink; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; a research fellow at the University of Michigan; and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Roberto Rivera, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Comparative Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz;
B.A. Philosophy, University of San Francisco
Dr. Rivera has been teaching at San Francisco State University, since the Third World Strike created the College of Ethnic Studies. He developed and taught our department’s philosophy courses but now that he has retired, we are lucky to occasionally coax him back onto campus to teach his highly sought-after courses on Aztec Philosophy (LTNS 475) and a course on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, developed in conjunction with the Spanish Department (LTNS 492).
He is interested in cultural studies, discourse theory and the foundations of social science. His views on theory are influenced by the work of Latino cultural critics in both the U.S. and Latin America.
Roberto’s latest book on Liberation Discourse examines the semantics of counter-hegemony in the philosophies of Gustavo Gutierrez and Paulo Freire.