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M.A., California State University, Northridge - Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2015
B.A., San Francisco State University - History, 2010
critical ethnic studies, comparative ethnic studies, Chicanx cultural studies, relational racialization, settler colonialism
Raúl Melgoza Jr. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation, Chicanx Kinetics: Settler Colonialism and the Mexican Question in the Southwest, considers how Chicanx cultural politics has engaged Mexicans’ racialized mobility and the precarious politics of settlement afforded to Mexican Americans. Examining key figures of place and pace in Chicanx culture through the lens of relational racialization, Chicanx Kinetics demonstrates how Chicanx cultural politics articulates the forces and motions of Mexican settlerness.
His work on monarch butterflies and Chicanx relational racialization was recently awarded the 2019 Frederick A. Cervantes Student Premio by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Mapping Relationality in Latinidad research cluster, and the co-founder and co-director of the Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Writing Group.
In the fall of 2019, he will re-join the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at CU Boulder as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor, to teach first-year writing and rhetoric and U.S.-Mexico border rhetorics.