Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies


Aztlán presents original research that is relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Aztlán focuses on scholarly essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, supplemented by thematic pieces in the dosier section, an artist's communiqué, a review section, and a commentary by the editor, Charlene Villaseñor Black. Aztlán seeks ways to bring Chicano studies into critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies.

Aztlán has been the leading journal in the field of Chicano studies since 1970. Aztlán is issued twice a year.

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Volume 41, Number 1
Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 features essays on Chicano poetics in an era of environmental and immigration crises; the effect of neoliberal policies on Latina/o studies; the representation of Latina/o media in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints; and mestizaje in the writing of John Rechy. The dossier section presents the second of two sets of essays on the developing field of Chican@ and Latin@ speculative arts; the first set appeared in the Fall 2015 issue.

A special section, “A Critical Dialogue,” presents a conversation between Ilan Stavans and Derek Garcia about the importance of Américo Paredes. The art of Los Angeles–based artist Carmen Argote is featured on the cover and in the artist’s communiqué. With the next issue, the editorship of Aztlán passes from Chon A. Noriega to Charlene Villaseñor Black. In his last editor’s commentary, Noriega looks at the role of art education in the work of Rafael Montañez Ortiz.

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Leisy Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles
Hortensia Amaro, University of Southern California
Maylei Blackwell, University of California, Los Angeles
Héctor Calderón, University of California, Los Angeles
Ernesto Chávez, University of Texas at El Paso
Teresa Córdova, University of Illinois at Chicago
Raúl Coronado, University of California, Berkeley
Lilia Fernández, Ohio State University
George Flaherty, University of Texas at Austin
Cindy García, University of Minnesota
Matthew Garcia, Arizona State University
Robb Hernandez, University of California, Riverside
Michael Innis-Jiménez, University of Alabama
Manuel Luis Martinez, Ohio State University
Josh Kun, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Anthony Ocampo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alex Ortega, University of California, Los Angeles
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University
Laura Isabel Serna, University of Southern California
Omar Valerio-Jimènez, University of Iowa

  • The Spring 2015 issue (Volume 40, Number 1) of Aztlán featured a dossier section on the field of Chicana/o art history, with downloadable class syllabi.
  • To read "Latin@ Art at the Intersection," an article by Adriana Zavala in Volume 40, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "Formation of a Latino Grassroots Movement The Association of Latin American Gardeners of Los Angeles Challenges City Hall," an article by Alvaro Huerta and Alfonso Morales in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Toward a Mariposa Consciousness: Reimagining Queer Chicano and Latino Identities," an article by Daniel Enrique Pérez in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Make 'Em All Mexican" by Linda Vallejo, the Artist's Communiqué in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Jotería Studies," the Dossier in Volume 39, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "The Necessary Theater of the Royal Chicano Air Force" by Ella Maria Diaz, an article in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "An Interview with Ramon Ramirez" by José L. S. Gámez, the Artist’s Communiqué in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.