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José F. Aranda
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English; Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
 
e-mail:aranda@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1984) Yale University
  • M. A. (1988) Brown University
  • Ph.D. (1995) Brown University
 
Primary Department
   Department of English
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of English
  • Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
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    Research Areas
     Nineteenth Century/Contemporary Chicano Literature & Early American Literature
     
    Current research interests of Jose Aranda
     Jose F. Aranda, Jr. is an associate professor of Chicano/a and American Literature in the English Department of Rice University. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. Professor Aranda has written articles on early U.S. criticism, nineteenth-century Mexican American literature, the future of Chicano/a studies, and most recently undertaken an investigation of the relationship between modernism and Mexican American literature. He has also begun work on his next book, tentatively entitled Why I Dreamed of Jeannie But Became a Chicano Instead. This book is a critical exploration of television, popular culture, the Vietnam War, and the news media and the subsequent roles they played in shaping the political and cultural identities of the first generation of Mexican American children to be hailed by the Chicano Movement. Finally, he is also at work on a long term project to write the cultural biography of nineteenth-century Californio writer Marma Amparo Ruiz de Burton. He teaches courses in Chicano/a literature, Asian American fiction, and nineteenth and twentieth-century U. S. literature.


    Nationally, he sits on the board of Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He has been appointed by the MLA Executive Council to the Committee on the Literatures of People of Color for a three year term. He also an active member of the MLA Chicana and Chicano Literature Division. He is also an associate editor for the forthcoming revised edition (2005) of Prentice Hall Anthology of American Literature and Culture, general editors, Dean Rader and Jonathan Silverman, as well as a series editor for Postwestern Horizons, a new book series in U. S. western studies for University of Nebraska Press, general editor Bill Handley. In Houston, he is a board member of two literary arts organizations Inprint and Nuestra Palabra.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Nineteenth Century/Contemporary Chicano Literature & Early American Literature
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Aranda, J. "Recovering Our Alienated Selves: Making the Case for New Chicano/a Studies." Arizona Quarterly, 58.1 (2002) : 127-158.

     
     Articles
     

    Aranda, J. "Contradictory Impulses: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Resistance Theory, and the Politics of Chicano/a Studies." No More Separate Spheres!: A Next Wave American Studies Reader (2002) : 440.

     
     

    Aranda, J. "Returning California to the People: Vigilantism in Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don." in Disrupting Nations: Critical Perspectives on Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton (2004) In Revision

     
     Books
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. " When We Arrive: A Literary History of Mexican America.."  (1993) : 256.

     
     

    Aranda, J. "When We Arrive: A Literary History of Mexican America."  (2003) : 257.

     
     

    Aranda Jr., Jose F. "When We Arrive: Literature, Colonial History, & The Politics of a Chicano Nation." 

     
     

    Aranda Jr., Jose F. "When We Arrive: Literature, Colonial History, & The Politics of a Chicano Nation." 

     
     Editor of books
     

    Aranda, J. "Recovering the U. S. Literary Heritage, Volume IV." , IV (2002) : 360.

     
     Book chapters
     

    José F. Aranda Jr. "The Recovery Project and the Role of History and Geography in Chicano/a Literary Studies." The Cambridge History of Western American Literature (2015)

     
     

    Aranda, J., "Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage," in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, eds. Suzanne Bost, Frances R. Aparicio, Routledge Press.

     
     Other
     

    "Diferencias Cuestionables: Mexicanos y Anglo Americanos en Baja California 1848." Historia (2001)

     
     

    ""Breaking All The Rules: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton Writes a Civil War Novel"." Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, III (2000) : 61-73.

     
     

    ""Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton"." American Women Prose Writers, 1870-1920 (2000)

     
     

    Aranda Jr., Jose F. "Common Ground on Different Borders." New Approaches to Early American Literature (December 1999)

     
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. "Breaking All The Rules: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton Writes a Civil War Novel." Arte Publico Press (2000)

     
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. "Chicano/Latino Studies and The Recovery Project." Edinburgh University Press (2001)

     
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. "Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton." Gale Publications (2000)

     
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. "Common Ground on Different Borders." Publications of Modern Language Association (forthcoming 1999)

     
     

    Jose F. Aranda Jr. "Contradictory Impulses: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Resistance Theory, and the Politics of Chicano/a Studies." American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, 70 (1998) : 551-79.

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "“Leisure vs. Labor: Writing for the Massess in the Spanish-Language Press of the U.S.” Delivered at the 50th Annual Conference for Western Literature Association, Reno, Nevada, October 14-17.."

     
     

    “Reassessing the Origins of the Chicano Novel through the Lens of the Recovery Project, The Case of Richard Vasquez’s 1970 Chicano.”  Delivered at the 2014 Global Hispanism Workshop: Enacting the Future: The Next 20 Years of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, April 5, 2014, Rice University.

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "“Mexican,” keyword for 50th anniversary panel on Keywords for WLA. Delivered at the 50th Annual Conference for Western Literature Association, Reno, Nevada, October 14-17.."

     
     

    "Speaker for “Standing and Delivering Latinos in Education.” Panel for Latinos at Yale: Past, Present, Future: 2nd Yale Latino Alumni Reunion, New Haven, CT, April 2012.." (April 2012)

     
     

    “Jovita Gonzalez and the Dilemma over Mexicanness.” Delivered at the American

    Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland, October 20-21, 2011.

     
     

    "How the Recovery Project Might Influence the Meaning of the Humanities in the U. S.." American Studies Association/The Local and the Global & Recovery Project/ Redefining "Nuestra Amirica, Houston. (November 14-17, 2002)

     
     

    "Re-directing Post-Colonial Anxiety in American Studies." "Land of Little Rain," Western Literature Association annual meeting, Tucson. (October 9-12, 2002)

     
     

    "Returning California to the People: Vigilantism in Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burtons The Squatter and the Don." "Land of Little Rain," Western Literature Association annual meeting, Tucson. (October 9-12, 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "“María Cristina Mena and the Dilemma of the Expatriate.” Delivered at the launching of the Maria Cristina Mena archive at Special Collections, University of Houston, April 22.."

     
     

    “The Borderlands of Betwixt and Between, Again.” Plenary speaker at the 46th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Missoula, Montana, October 6-9, 2011.

     
     

    “When Archives Collide: The Case of Early Mexican American Literature and the Chicana/o Movement.” Keynote delivered at Loyola University symposium, Minority Archives and the Politics of Textual Recovery, sponsored by The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies, Chicago, Illinois, October 29, 2011.

     
     

    ""Origins of the ‘Transnational’ Character of Mexican American Literature.”  Symposium on Translation, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University.." (December)

     
     

    ""The Contemporary Status of Mexican Americans in Society."." Dupont Hispanic Conference, Houston. (May 15, 2003)

     
     

    "Observations on Gregory Navas Made for TV Primetime Chicanos." Shifting Terrains: Translations and Identity-Formations in Era of Transnationality, Department of English Graduate Symposium, Rice University. (Februrary 22-23, 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "“Californio Exceptionalism as Cultural Sovereignty.” Delivered at VI Jornada Internacional de Fronteras/Borderlands: Cultura e Historia, Espacio, Liminalidad y Nación, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.." (September 9, 2015)

     
     

    “The Mexican Revolution, The Global West, and the Spanish Language Press of the U.S.” International Conference: A Territory Without Borders, October 8-10, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

     
     

    Delivered at the V Jornada Internacional de Fronteras/Borderlands: Cultura e Histoía, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico.

     
     Lectures
     

    "Mexican American Literature and Culture Since 1848." The Arts of the Southwest and Mexico: A Living Legacy. Sponsored by the Rice University School of Continuing Studies and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts., Houston Museum of Fine Arts. (March 14, 2002)

     
     Other
     

    "Invited Guest Lecturer series on Chicana/o Studies and the Recovery Project at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N. L., Mexico, November 10th-14th." (November 10-14)

     
     

    "Thinking Latino: How Will Ethnic Studies Embrace the Newest, Largest, US. Minority Group of the Twenty-first Century?." Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans. (December 2001)

     
     

    "Why I Dreamed of Jeannie But Became a Chicano Instead." Nuestra Palabra, Houston, TX. (September)

     
     

    "Nation Building in Baja California 1848." American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Detroit, Michigan. (October 2000)

     
     

    "Facing the Future: New Inter-Disciplinary and Theoretical Directions in Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies." Rice University workshop: New Studies in Transnationalism, Rice University. (March, 1999) With Norma Alarcon, Maria Gonzalez

     
     

    "New Chicano/a Studies: Coming to Terms with An Unusable Past." XXVI National Association of Chicana-Chicano Studies Conference, San Antonio. (April 28-May 1, 1999)

     
     

    "Roundtable Discussion: "Teaching the Literatures of Early American"." Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Chicago. (Dec. 27-30, 1999)

     
     

    "The Life and Writings of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton." Pan American Roundtable of Houston, Houston, TX. (Oct. 26, 1999)

     
     

    " "Betrayed by Treaty: Contradictory Loyalties in Baja California. "Betrayed by Treaty: Contradictory Loyalties in Baja California"." Western History Association Annual Conference, Sacramento, California. (October 1998)

     
     

    " "Questionable Differences: Mexicanos y Anglos in Baja California 1848. "Questionable Differences: Mexicanos y Anglos in Baja California 1848"." Nuestra America: Inscribing Latinos in the National Discourse, 1848, 1898, 1998, University of Houston, Houston, TX. (December 1998)

     
     

    ""Men & Feminism Forum"." Sponsored by the Rice Women's Resource Center, Rice University. (October 28, 1998) With Panelist

     
     

    ""What Does It Mean To Be A Hispanic Engineer?"." Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Region V, Regional Student Leadership Conference, Rice University. (November 21, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    ""A Question of Modernity: Early Mexican American Literature, Place, and the Forging of an Ethos of 'Sobrevivir'." Annual meeting of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Seattle, Washington.." (April)

     
     

    "“Recovering Modernity in Early Mexican American Literature.”  The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanist: Imagining: A New Century, State College, Pennsylvania.." (May )

     
     

    "“After 1848 and 1910: Monderity and ‘Coloniality of Power’ in Early Mexican American Literature.” Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, Houston, TX.." (November)

     
     

    Roundtable discussant.  ""Mar¿a Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives."." Presented at the Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA. (December 2003)

     
     

    Roundtable discussant.  ""Preparing the Next Generation of Faculty: The Rice University Model of the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program."." Presented at 16th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, San Francisco. (May 2003)

     
     

    Plenary moderator with introduction.  ""The Role of Place in Mexican American Culture." "¿Family Matters: Critical Regionalism and the Places of Chicano/a Studies," A Plenary in Honor of the Sald¿vars.." Presented at 38th Annual Western Literature Association Conference, The West of the 21st Century, Houston. (October 2003)

     
     

    "Roundtable Discussion: Chicanos/Latinos in Higher Learning." the First Annual Latino Book and Family Festival, sponsored by Nuestra Palabra and James Edward Olmos., George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston.. (September 28, 2002)

     
     Workshops
     

    “Introduction, The Places of Modernity in Early Mexican American Literature,

    1848-1960.” Delivered at Avanzamos: El Taller Chicana/o at University of North Texas,

    August 11-12, 2012, sponsored by UNT English Department and the Américas Research

    Center of Rice University.

     
     

    Origins of the "Transnational” Character of Mexican American Literature.

    The Latino 19th Century Workshop, UC Irvine, April 7-8, 2011, sponsored by UC Irvine

    and the Américas Research Center of Rice University.

     
    Editorial Positions
     Series Editor, Postwestern Horizons. University of Nebraska Press. (2002 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. Arte Publico Press. (1997 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Western American Literature. Western American Literature. (2003 - 2014)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Andrew Yerkes, PhD Revolutionary Symbolism: Ideology and Identity in American Depression Era Literary Leftism. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mandy Reid, PhD "¿A Most Terrible Spectacle¿: Visualizing Racial Science in American Literature and Culture, 1839-1915". (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Daniel Echeverri, BA Apocalyptic Transnationalism and the Trauma of Terror: Post 9/11 Latin@ Literary and Visual Cultures across the United States. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Alexandria Pérez, BA “From Mango Street to Rio Estates: Negotiating the Domestic Space in Post-Movment Chicana Literature”. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Amanda Ellis, PhD “Detrás de Cada Letra: Trauma and Healing in Chicana/o Literature”. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Amanda Ellis, PhD “Detrás de Cada Letra: Trauma and Healing in Chicana/o Literature”. (2016) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Brown Teaching Grant, Brown Teaching Foundation (March 2015)

     Humanities Research Innovation Fund, Humanities Research Center (Summer)

     Humanities Research Innovation Fund, Humanities Research Center at Rice University (May 2012)

     George R. Brown for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2012)

     Board member of the Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,

     Conference Organizer of the Modernist Studies Association 2001 Annual Meeting, Rice University, Houston, TX, October.,

     Appointed by the MLA Executive Council to the Committee on the Literatures and Languages of America, Modern Language Association (2001-2003)

     Board of member of the Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,

     Chair of the Recovery Conference Scheduling Committee for the Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Conference, December 1-2, 2000, University of Houston.,

    Positions Held
     Chair , Spanish & Portuguese Department. (2013 - 2016)

     Director of the Latin American Studies Major, Américas Research Center. (2012 - 2014)

     Master of Brown College, Residential College System of Rice University. (2013 - 2014)

     Director of the Américas Research Center, School of Humanities. (2007 - 2014)