Welcome to Chican@ Studies!

The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. Our students explore Chicana/o experiences in their most broad, comprehensive sense, informed by several philosophical and theoretical schools, historical and political scholarship, literary and religious traditions, artistic movements, mass media, and video and film. In partnership with affiliated faculty across campus and feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the B.A./Honors/M.A./Ph.D. programs in Chicana and Chicano Studies challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.

The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies will host the NACCS XLV (45th annual) conference on April 4-7, 2018 at the Doubletree By Hilton Bloomington in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Make sure not to miss these exciting presentations from UCSB Chicana and Chicano Studies Faculty, Affiliated Faculty, Graduate Students, and Alumni!

  • Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning book cover
Congratulations to Professor Dolores Inés Casillas on the publishing of her new book Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning


  1. April 4, 2018 - 9:00am to April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • Queer Hemisphere Conference Flier

Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir is a two-day conference (Feb 8-9) organized by Prof. Jennifer Tyburczy and graduate student Allen Magaña for the Latin American & Iberian Studies (LAIS) Conference. The events will bring together scholars from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, other Andean countries, as well as Latinx communities in the US, along with activists and performers, to analyze the challenges of studying gender and sexuality in the Americas, under the current threat of racist populism, state violence, and new forms of mobillization.

  1. February 8, 2018 - 9:00am to February 9, 2018 - 4:00pm