Mérida M. Rúa

Mérida M. Rúa
Professor of Latina/o and American Studies, Chair of Latina/o Studies Program
email
413-597-2370
Stetson Hall Rm 603

Office Hours (Spring 2014): TBA

Education

B.A. University of Illinois (1993)
M.Ed. University of Illinois, Education Policy Studies (1995)
Ph.D. University of Michigan (2004)

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Latina/o Studies
Urban history and urban ethnography
Comparative approaches to race, ethnicity, citizenship, and space
Identity and community formation
Migration and social networks

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

LATS 105(F)

Latina/o Identities: Constructions, Contestations, and Expressions

LATS 106 T / AMST 106(S)

Coming of Age in the City: Growing up and Growing Older in Communities of Color

LATS 220 / AMST 221 / ENVI 221(F)

Introduction to Urban Studies: Shaping and Living the City

LATS 408 / AMST 408

Envisioning Urban Life: Objects, Subjects, and Everyday People

Scholarship/Creative Work

 

Book and Edited Volume

A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Editor, Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla (University of Illinois Press, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

Co-author with Arlene Torres, “Introduction: At the Crossroads of Urban Ethnography and Puerto Rican Latinidad.” In Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla (University of Illinois Press, 2011).

“Footnotes of Social Justice: Elena Padilla and Chicago Puerto Rican Communities” In Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla (University of Illinois Press, 2011).

Co-author with Lorena Garcia, “Processing Latinidad: Mapping Latino Urban Landscapes through Chicago Ethnic Festivals.” Latino  Studies, 5, 3 (2007): 317-339.

“Colao Subjectivities: PortoMex and MexiRican Perspectives on Language and Identity.” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Special issue on Puerto Rican Chicago 13, 2 (2001): 117-133.

Encyclopedia and Online Entries

Co-author with Arlene Torres, “Urban Anthropology.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology, edited by John L. Jackson (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

“Elena Padilla.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, edited by Deena González and Suzanne Oboler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)

“Latinidades.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, edited by Deena González and Suzanne Oboler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Thesis students:

Luz Gómez ’08 (Latina/o Studies), “Golden Cages: An Ethnography of Acatlán de Juárez, Jalisco, México and its ‘Hijos Ausentes,’1986-2008.”

Sabrina Howard, “Doing Business with Racial Uplift,” American Studies, 2011-2012.

Emily R. Schwab, “English for the Parents: The Marginalization and Silencing of Language
Minority Parents in Massachusetts’ Bilingual Education Debate,” Latina/o Studies, Spring 2012.

Current Committees

American Studies Program
Latina/o Studies Program, Chair