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José A. Navarro

José Navarro

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. English

Areas of Interest

  • Chicanx and Latinx Literature
  • Chicanx and Latinx Studies
  • Postcolonial/Decolonial Theory
  • Women of Color & Transnational Feminisms

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About José Navarro

Dr. José Navarro was born and raised in the Ramona Gardens housing projects in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, CA. He received his B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and received his Ph.D in English at the University of Southern California in 2012.

His teaching experiences range from working with G.E.D students in San Quentin State Prison, teaching high school English in Oakland Unified School District, and teaching university-level composition and literature at the University of Southern California and Cal Poly.

At Cal Poly, José has taught a variety of courses including: English 202: Introduction to Literary Studies; English 240: Survey of American Literature; English 346: Ethnic American Literature; English 381: Diversity in American Literature; English 440: Los Angeles through Literature & Film; Ethnic Studies 243: Survey of Latinx Studies, Studies 323: Chicana/o Cultural Images (with a focus on Chicanx Film), and Ethnic Studies 340: Latina/o Cultural Production (with a focus on Latinx Literature).

José’s research interests include: Latina/o literary & cultural studies; Chicano/Latino gang film & other gang narratives; the intersections of race, gender, masculinity, and sexuality studies; and, decolonial theory and politics.

José has published articles in the journal Latino Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, Oxford University Press Excyclopedia of Latina/o Literature; and, he has forthcoming book chapters in the books Left in the West edited by Gioia Woods and Hip Hop, Blackness, and Indigeneity with Sense Publishers.

José has reviewed books for Aztlán: Journal of Chicano Studies and MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. He is currently at work on a book project on mainstream Chicano gang films.

Education

  • Ph.D English, University of Southern California (2012)
    • Dissertation: "Machos y Malinchistas: Gang Narratives, Masculinity and Chicana/o Latina/o Culture." Chair: John Carlos Rowe.
  • M.A. English, University of Southern California (2009)
  • B.A. English, University of California, Berkeley (2002)

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays:

  • "Las Cafeteras' 'La Bamba Rebelde': Chican@ Nationalist Identity & Postnationalist Politics." Latino Studies Vol. XIV, No. 4. December 2016.
  • "Revisting the Boulevard: The Gender & Sexual Politics of Michael Pressman's Boulevard Nights." Journal of Popular Culture Vol. L, No. 4., 2017. pp. 761-777.
  • "Chicano/a Gang Narratives" [Essay]. Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature. Eds. Louis Mendoza, Ben Holguin, Sandra Soto, et al. Accepted for Publication. [Forthcoming].
  • "Homeboy Masculinity" [Essay]. Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature. Eds. Louis Mendoza, Ben Holguin, Sandra Soto, et al. Accepted for Publication. [Forthcoming].

Book Chapters:

  • "Braided Together: Native and Black Hip Hop Against Police Violence." with Jenell Navarro in Hip Hop, Blackness & Indigneity [Forthcoming]. Eds. Audrey Hudson, Awad Ibrahim, Kyle Mays. Sense Publishers, 2017.
  • "Luis J. Rodriguez's Always Running: Between Chicano Nationalism and the Left" in Left in the West Ed. Gioia Woods. [Forthcoming].

Book Reviews:

  • In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement by Randy J. Ontiveros. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 241 pp. Paperback. ISBN: 9780814738771. MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Fall 2015.
  • Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism, Eds. Deborah Poe and Ama Wattley. New York: NY. Peter Lang Publishing, 2012. 214 pp. Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-4331-1157-0. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Volume 41 Number 2, Fall 2015.
  • Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El Sueño del Retorno by Nicholás Kanellos. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. Aztlán: Journal of Chicano Studies. Fall 2012.

Awards & Fellowships

  • California Polytechnic State University Pride Center Faculty Ally of the Year Award (2016-2017).
  • California Polytechnic State University Assigned Time for Exceptional Service to Students Award (Spring 2016).
  • California Polytechnic State University President's Diversity Award (2015).
  • California Polytechnic State University President's Diversity Award (Nominee 2014).
  • Cal Poly California Faculty Association's (CFA) Distinguished Faculty Award (Nominee) AY 2012-2013.
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences' Department of English Fellowship Award, Academic Year 2011-2012.
  • General Education Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Southern California, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Academic Year 2009-2010.

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