Current Fellows

2021-2022 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows


Jack Caraves portrait

Jack Cáraves

Dr. Jack Cáraves (he/him/they/them) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and teaches in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program at San José State University. He received his Ph.D. in Chicana, Chicano, and Central American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Using qualitative mixed methods, Jack’s research examines the role of transgender identity and gender variance in shaping migration, family relationships, identity formation, spirituality, and world-making for trans Latinxs in southern California. Jack has published in The Journal of LGBT Youth, the Association for Mexican American Educators JournalTransgender Studies QuarterlyLatino Studies and in the anthology: Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention and Deportation. His research has been funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Latino Center for Leadership Development-Southern Methodist University, and the Institute of American Cultures and The Center for the Study of Women at UCLA. He is currently working on his book manuscript, Trans Power: Trans Latinxs in Los Angeles Struggle for Self-Preservation. Jack is also co-creater and co-host of the podcast, Anzaldúing It, along with Angélica Becerra—a podcast dedicated to navigating the borderlands of queer latinidad. With over half a million listens, the podcast has been used as a teaching tool for underrepresented students and has been featured on HiplatinaAutostraddlePRIDE.comGOMAG, and was featured in the 2019 Google Youth Tech Summit.

Dr. Cáraves will teach LLS 230 Latina/o Genders & Sexualities, Topic: "Deviant/Queer Bodies: Migration, the Border, and Making Home" in Spring 2022.


Mauricio Ramirez portrait

Mauricio E. Ramírez

Dr. Mauricio E. Ramírez earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies with an emphasis on Visual Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also holds an M.A.T. in Visual Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is an artist and curator with an interest in U.S. Central American and Latinx visual art of the San Francisco Bay Area. Mauricio was intrigued by public art and murals as a youth and grew up painting several community murals with the non-profit Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Recognizing the lack of scholarship on U.S. Central American artists and their influence on the San Francisco art scene, he dedicates his research to U.S. Central American visual artists of San Francisco. Recently, he co-curated CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984-Present) at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. This multidisciplinary traveling exhibition centers U.S. Central American artists living across the United States to examine their lived experiences in relation to the impact of mass migration, family separation, and the legacy of political action and solidarity with the people of Central America.

Mauricio is currently working on a book, “Painting Central America: U.S. Central American Visual Art of San Francisco,” which explores the visual expressions and solidarity that emerged in San Francisco’s Mission District as a response to the civil wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua beginning in the 1980s. His research sheds light on the history of Central American art and activism, the emerging 1.5 and second-generation U.S. Central American artists, and the intersections of Latinx solidarity with Central Americans. His research has been awarded grants from the University of California Office of the President, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Social Science Research Council, and UC Santa Cruz’s Research Center for the Americas.

Dr. Ramírez will teach LLS 238 Latina/o Social Movements in Spring 2022.