Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies



Aztlán presents original research that is relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. An interdisciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Aztlán focuses on scholarly essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, supplemented by thematic pieces in the dossier 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 Chicanx studies since 1970. Aztlán is issued twice a year.

"Aztlán … signals the vibrancy of Chicano Studies."
— The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The preeminent scholarly journal in Chicano Studies."
— Magazines for Libraries

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— Library Journal

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Beginning January 1, 2024, Aztlán will be published by University of California Press (UC Press) in collaboration with CSRC Press. The journal will continue to be offered in print and online formats.

To celebrate this new partnership, UC Press is offering the Spring 2024 issue online free of charge!

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Volume 49 Number 1

Spring 2024

The Spring 2024 issue opens with a special Editor’s Commentary by José M. Aguilar-Hernández that pays tribute to Cindy Montañez, a student leader and activist who helped establish the UCLA Chicana/o studies department. Montañez died in October 2023.

Emilia Sawada leads off the essay section with her analysis of the “queer cartography” of Mario Acevedo Torero’s Chicano Park mural The Rage of La Raza. Next, Sonya M. Alemán and Jillian M. Báez analyze transgressive aspects of the short-lived, Chicanx-centric 2020 reboot of Party of Five. In his essay about the DREAMER narrative, Rafael A. Martínez considers how it has been co-opted by Mexico to serve the state’s global capitalist priorities. Finally, Christina Baker looks at four sites that commemorate Selena Quintanilla and reflects on how the memorials empower a sense of belonging, particularly for Latinas. 

The Dossier, “SIGuache: Digital Mapping with Underdog Resourcefulness, Stance, and Style,” presents the concept of “SIGuache,” a portmanteau of SIG (GIS in English) and rasquache. Essayists are Maira E. Álvarez, Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla, Bryan Winston, Kelley Kreitz, Jorge Nicolás Leal, and Sandy Rodriguez. 

The Artist’s Communiqué features the work of Detroit-based painter Nora Chapa Mendoza. 

Front Cover: Nora Chapa Mendoza, Quetzalcoatl, 2002. Print and mixed media, 16 x16 inches. Photography by Carrie Williams Acosta.

Back Cover: Nora Chapa Mendoza, Metamorphosis, 1986. Mixed media, 60 x 40 inches. Photography by Eric Law.

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Rebeca L. Hey-Colón, Temple University
Carlos Jimenez, University of Denver
Rosina Lozano, Princeton University
Jimmy Patiño, University of Minnesota
Iván A. Ramos, Brown University
Richard T. Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside
Gilberto Rosas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ángel Saavedra Cisneros, Bowdoin College
Carola Suárez-Orozco, Harvard Graduate School of Education
David J. Vázquez, American University
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