Associate Director

CHARLENE VILLASEÑOR BLACK is associate director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and professor of art history and Chicana/o studies. In 2016, she became the editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, published by CSRC Press. She is the founding editor of the journal Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, published by University of California Press. Black is the Winner of the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize and author of the prize-winning and widely-reviewed 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire (Princeton University Press). Her second monograph, Transforming Saints: Women, Art, and Conversion in Mexico and Spain, 1521-1800, is forthcoming. Her edited book, Tradition and Transformation:  Chicana/o Art from the 1970s to the 1990s was released by CSRC Press in 2015. Black is co-editor of a special edition of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History entitled Trade Networks and Materiality: Art in the Age of Global Encounters, 1492-1800 and Renaissance Futurities Science, Art, Invention (UC Press, 2019) with Dr. Maite Álvarez of the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has held grants from the Getty, ACLS, Fulbright, Mellon, and Woodrow Wilson foundations, and the NEH, and she is a co-Principal Investigator on the 2019-2021 CSRC-based research project Critical Mission Studies at California's Crossroads, funded by a UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grant. While much of her research investigates the politics of religious art and global exchange, Black is also actively engaged in Chicana/o art. Her upbringing as a working class, Catholic Chicana/o from Arizona forged her identity as a border-crossing early modernist and inspirational teacher.