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Fall 2015

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Jimmy Patino

Prof Jimmy C Patino Jr

Chicano Studies 210 ScottH 92 Pleasant Street SE

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A native of Houston, Texas, Jimmy Patiño seeks to critically excavate, extrapolate and facilitate alternative imaginings of democratic practice among subaltern communities in the midst of global capitalism. Concentrating on Mexican-origin and broader Latino/a communities at the U.S. Mexico Border and in major U.S. urban settings, his work attempts to dialog about the ways that concepts of race, gender and nation create hegemonic class disparities AND formulate an array of identities that mobilize social movements and initiate class struggles on multiple fronts. He is currently revising his manuscript " 'A Time for Resistance': The Chicano Struggle for Immigrant Rights in the San Diego Borderlands, 1968-1986" for publication. It asserts that important contingents of Mexican-origin activists in the U.S. engaged, across generations, the crisis over the “illegal alien“ through attempts at organizing the Mexican-origin community across differences of national affiliation and citizenship status. Focusing on San Diego due to its vital positioning as both urban and border space where consistent migration and race-based border policing has occurred, the project illuminates a most serious challenge to deportation-oriented immigration policies between 1968 and 1986 through the ideological prism of Chicano self-determination. His broader research and teaching interests include Comparative Ethnic Studies, Chicano/a-Latino/a History, diaspora/transnationalism/borderlands, social movements and political mobilizations, and Cultural Studies.


  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Chicano/a and Latino/a History, Culture and Politics
  • Immigration and the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Latino/a Civil Rights and the Chicano/a Movement
  • African American and Latino/a Relations

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: United States History, University of California, San Diego, 2010.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of Houston, 2004.
  • B.A.: Sociology, University of Houston, 2002.


  • “ ‘All I want is that he be punished’: Gender, Border Violence and Chicano Struggles for Immigrant Rights in the San Diego Borderlands,” in The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century, ed. Mario García, New York: Routledge Press, forthcoming.


  • IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2012 - 2013
  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013 - 2014

Courses Taught

  • CHIC 3221: Introduction to Chican@ Cultural Studies
  • CHIC/HIST 3444: Chicano/a History I: 1821-1945
  • CHIC 3352: Transnational Chican@ Theory: Global Views/Borderland Spaces
  • CHIC 3346: Chicano/a History II: WWII, El Movimiento and the New Millenium
  • CHIC 3888: Immigration and the Latino/a Experiences: Diaspora, Identity and Community
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