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 Latin American, Latino, 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 citizenship, class, economics, education, embodiment, everyday cultures, genders, identities, indigeneity, labor, language, nation, place, policy, politics, race, representation, sexualities, social movements, the state, and statelessness. 

A forum for investigation and exchange, the CLRC brings together 80 faculty working on Latin America, latinidades, and migration 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.

Since its founding by faculty in Latin American and Latino Studies, the CLRC's scope has been hemispheric. We put Latino and Latin American studies in dialogue with border and migration studies on a global scale and show how those fields can and should inform each other. Over 2016-17, we led Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. We have also collaborated with Mexican institutions and individual scholars across the Americas and are a member of Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Council of Social Sciences).  

The CLRC is committed to bridging the university and community. We support research on the city and region in which we make our home and we host free, public conferences, symposia, workshops, public lectures, and film screenings both on and off campus. Presentations at some of the public events we have organized can be viewed here.  

The CLRC teaches UC Santa Cruz undergraduates how to think critically and helps 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.