José R. López Morín

JOSÉ R. LÓPEZ MORÍN

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Chicano Studies

Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies

310.243.3949

José R. López Morín received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001. He is a full professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Domínguez Hills where he has researched, developed, and taught several different courses. These classes include Mexican American Folklore, Intellectual Traditions in the Americas, Introduction to Mexican/Chicano Poetry and Music, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration, Literary Theory and Methods, Introduction to Chicana/o Literature, Research Methods in the Chicano/Latino Community, The Mexican Revolution, Representation of the Indigenous People, and Changing Dynamics in the “Raza” Community.

José R López Morín’s book entitled, “The Legacy of Américo Paredes” (2006) was printed by Texas A&M University Press. The study is about one of the most important folklorist of the 20th Century who transformed the academic disciplines of folklore and cultural anthropology with his concept of mestizaje (miscegenation, hybrid, or to mix). Morín argues that Paredes’s theory of culture and form of Mexican American identity exploded the myth of Texas History, the Texas Rangers, and the idea that “racial purity” connotes “superiority.” To date, Morín’s book has received excellent reviews from various scholars throughout the nation and, presently, Morín plans to complete a Spanish written translation of his book.

López Morín’s peer-reviewed publications include Redefining Epic and Novel through Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo  and Rivera’s Y no se lo tragó la tierra. Mester:  A Literary Journal of the Graduate Students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. University of California, Los Angeles. Vol. XXII-XXIII, Fall/Spring, Vol. 2-1 (1993-94) pp 63-69; Interview with Américo Paredes with Héctor Calderón in Nepantla: Views from South, 1:1. Durham: Duke University Press (2000)197-228; The Life and Early Works of Américo Paredes in Western Folklore Vol. 64, No. 1, Winter and Spring (2005) pp 7-28; Redefining Epic and Novel through Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo and Rivera’s Y no se lo tragó la tierra in Short Story Criticism, Layman Poupard Publishing Vol. 242, 2017; and Some Examples of Cultural Vindication and Integration in the Works of El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Américo Paredes in Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies in Memory of Américo Paredes,  University Oklahoma Press, 2018.

His other scholarly publications are City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931 by Pablo Piccato in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 21, (2002): 261-262; The Journey to Latino Political Representation  by John P. Schmal in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (2008): 259-261; Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño in Anthropos: a German international journal in anthropology and linguistics (2019).

López Morín’s most recent book project is about a 1970s Ford Foundation Chicano activist who later would have a tremendous impact in the Mexican American community of Los Angeles.

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In addition, José R. López Morín served as an anonymous reviewer of several manuscripts for The Journal of American Folklore in 2009, as an evaluator of federal grants for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and presented in 2011 at the HUD Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Conference in Monterey, California.

Aside from his academic and teaching interests, José R. López Morín enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, sings and plays guitar, and likes the outdoors and the game of golf.