Professor of American Studies and Chair of Chicana & Chicano Studies Department
Education: PhD, UCLA
Chicana/o Studies, Race, Class and Ethnicity, Social MovementsIrene Vásquez received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, she is Director of the Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. She is a Professor in American Studies. Irene Morris Vásquez’ research and teaching interests include Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Afro-Mexican/Latino relations, U.S. Social Movements, Women of Color Feminism, and Intercultural Collaboration and Peace Building. Presently, she is co-authoring a book on the Chicana/o Movement entitled, Aztlan Making: The Chicana/o Movement: Ideology and Culture, 1966-1977. She has written several essays in English and Spanish on the historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Latin American descent peoples. In 2006, Irene Vásquez co-edited the Borders Within Us: Three Global Diasporas, published by New World African Press. In the area of K-12 Education service, Irene Vásquez has served as a co-founder and Council of Trustees member for Academia Semillas del Pueblo, a public charter school located in El Sereno, California. In 2005, she was appointed to the Mayor’s Education Advisory Council for the City of Los Angeles.