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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Volume 46, Number 1

Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of Aztlán opens with a special tribute to Juan Gómez-Quiñones, professor emeritus in the UCLA Department of History, who died on November 11, 2020. These memories of colleagues, friends, students, and fellow activists were compiled by Aztlán’s editor, Charlene Villaseñor Black.

The essay section explores Chicanx invocations of Spanish culture that look toward a global Latinades paradigm; the decolonizing potential of testimonios of colorism and of Plascencia’s The People of Paper; and how the movement of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture from Southern California to Australia informs ideas of race-making. The work of Rudolfo Anaya is the focus of the dossier section, which is curated by Spencer R. Herrera.

Artist Shizu Saldamando is featured on the cover and in the artist’s communiqué, which includes reproductions of Saldamando’s recent work.

Note: The cover of the Spring 2021 issue of Aztlán features Shizu Saldamando’s portrait of artist Ramiro Gomez.  Jay Lynn Gomez, formerly known as Ramiro Gomez, came out as a trans woman on March 31, 2021, International Transgender Day of Visibility, after the issue was printed.

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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