About the CLRC

Ojos, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Photo by Catherine S. Ramírez.

Since 1992, the Chicano Latino Research Center has helped make UC Santa Cruz a vibrant hub for Chicano, Latino, Latin American, and migration studies.  Drawing from and bringing together the social sciences, humanities, and arts, our work explores the diversity of the Americas, with a focus on the mobility of people, ideas, and commodities.  We are especially interested in questions related to class, economics, education, embodiment, everyday cultures, gender, identities, indigeneity, labor, language, nation, place, politics, policy, race, representation, sexuality, social movements, the state, statelessness, and non-citizenship.  We also seek to put Chicano, Latino, and Latin American studies in dialogue with border and migration studies on a global scale.  We are proud to have initiated and to be part of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture.  

A forum for investigation and exchange, the CLRC brings together more than 70 faculty working on or in Latin America, Latin American studies, Chicano studies, and Latino studies at UC Santa Cruz.  We sponsor Research Clusters on topics proposed by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students, give Individual Faculty Research Awards and Graduate Student Mini-grants, and co-administer the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award with the Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology Departments.  With our support, CLRC affiliates have produced numerous publications, including single-authored books, edited volumes, research reports, and working papers.

The CLRC is committed to bridging the university and community.  As part of that effort, we host public conferences, symposia, workshops, public lectures, and film screenings both on and off campus and we support research on the city and region in which we make our home. 

The CLRC has a strong history of collaboration with Mexican institutions and individual scholars across the Americas and is a member of Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Council of Social Sciences, also known as CLASCO).

In addition, we teach UC Santa Cruz undergraduates to think critically and help prepare them for graduate and professional school by providing them with mentorship and hands-on research experience via our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program.  Over 2015-16, our Undergraduate Researchers helped establish Nuestras Historias:  The CLRC Archive, a trove of information about the CLRC's past and the vital role we play at UC Santa Cruz.