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.

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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. For more information, please visit


Volume 48, Number 2

Fall 2023

Chicana artist Sandy Rodriguez is the subject of Charlene Villaseñor Black’s commentary for the fall issue. Representations of queer Chicanx bodies in visual media and literature links essays by Joshua K. Redwine and Marcela A. Di Blasi, with the former considering the life and suicide of film star Lupe Vélez and the latter exploring Gloria Anzaldúa’s use of Roman Catholic concepts in her writing. The remaining two essays explore different methodologies in the social sciences. The use of testimonio in Chicana/o studies courses is documented by yvonne hurtado allen, Natalia Deeb-Sossa, and Yvette G. Flores, and everet e. smith investigates the rhetoric used by José Vasconcelos to exclude the Chinese from his racial project. 

The Dossier section, "Global Latinidades: Toward a Supra-Latinx Studies," was curated by Roberto Macias Jr., Cecilia M. Rivas, and B. V. Olguín. It is the second part of a two-part Dossier that assesses the global nature of Latinidades. The Artist’s Communique presents the work of Los Angeles–based artist Ramses Noriega. 

Front cover: Ramses Noriega, Looking for a Better Life, 1978. Acrylic on artist board, 28 x 22 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Back cover: Ramses Noriega, Amor Eterno, 2000. Pastel on paper, 24 x 18 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Cristina Beltrán, New York University
Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University
Bianet Castellanos, University of Minnesota
Natalia Deeb-Sossa, University of California, Davis 
Juan de Lara, University of Southern California
Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Independent Scholar and Curator
Rachel V. González-Martín, University of Texas at Austin
Irvin Ibarguen, New York University
Felicia Rhapsody Lopez, University of California, Merced
Alejandro L. Madrid, Cornell University
Lorena Muñoz, Mills College
B. V. Olguín, University of California, Santa Barbara 
Tatiana Reinoza, Notre Dame University
Robert Chao Romero, University of California, Los Angeles
Michelle Téllez, University of Arizona
Anita Tijerina Revilla, California State University, Los Angeles