Francisco  J. Galarte

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico

Education: PhD in Educational Policy Studies with a minor in Latina and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign


Research Interest

Francisco J. Galarte is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico where he teaches courses in Chicanx, Latinx and transgender studies. He was born and raised in Brawley, California located in the Imperial Valley along the US/Mexico Border and identifies strongly as a transfronterizo, meaning that the borderlands inform his creative and scholarly projects.  His most recent articles have appeared in publications including Aztlan: Journal of Chicano Studies, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.  He holds a PhD in Educational Policy Studies with a minor in Latina and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Before arriving to the University of New Mexico, he was an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona.  While at the University of Arizona he was a member of the Transgender Studies Research Cluster (TSRC) at the University of Arizona, a collective of faculty that is the first of its kind in the world, that brings together scholars in Transgender Studies from various disciplinary backgrounds to foster cross collaboration in the form of research, writing and teaching. 

 He has been involved with TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly since the journal’s inception in 2011 and served as the Fashion Editor from 2012-2018 and since 2018 has served as co-general editor of the journal.  TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, is published by Duke University Press and is the only journal in Transgender Studies. 

 His research brings transgender studies, Chicanx studies, Latinax studies, and queer studies into critical dialogue. In doing so, he expands these academic fields, transform the central issues of inquiry and contribute to ongoing conversations related to the study of race, gender and sexuality. His primary scholarly agenda is to examine the relationship between systems of racial formation and the lived experiences and cultural representations of racialized transgendered subjects. His first book, Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies is forthcoming with University of Texas Press, and is the inaugural book for the Latinx: The Future is Now book series edited by Nicole Guidotti-Hernández and Lorgia Garcia-Peña. The book explores how transgender analytics intervene or fail to intervene in the current reading practices that exist in Chicana/o Studies for making sense of processes of racialization, gendered violence, queer sexualities, masculinities and femininities.