University of Minnesota
Chicano & Latino Studies

Chicano & Latino Studies' home page.

Louis G Mendoza


In addition to his department duties, Louis Mendoza is also an Associate Vice Provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity. Originally from Houston, Texas,  he received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Ethnic and Third World Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the University of Minnesota to chair the Department of Chicano Studies (2004-2007), Louis taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was an associate dean in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and Interim Director of the Hispanic Research Center. His research interests include Chicana/o Literary and Cultural studies, U.S. immigration literature, prison literature, and oral histories. Louis recently published two books with the University of Texas Press related to his 2007 Journey Across Our America research project on U.S. Latina/o communities that he conducted while bicycling around the perimeter of the country.


  • Immigration and Prison Literature
  • Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1994.
  • M.A.: English, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1990.
  • B.A.: English with Ethnic Studies Minor, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1987.


  • Historia: The Literary Making of Chicana and Chicano History. Mendoza, Louis, College Station: Texas A & M University Press, Author, 2001. Link Image
  • Crossing Into America: The New Literature of Immigration. Ed. Louis Mendoza and Subramanian Shankar. Mendoza, Louis, S. Shankar, New York: The New Press, Author, 2003. Link Image
  • Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience. Mendoza, Louis, Toni Nelson Herrera, Red Salmon Press/Calaca Press, Co-Editor, 2006. Link Image
  • ra├║lrsalinas and the Jail Machine: My Weapon is My Pen. Mendoza, Louis, University of Texas Press, Editor, 2006. Link Image
  • Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the U.S. Mendoza, Louis, University of Texas Press, Author, Spring 2012. Link Image
  • A Journey Around Our America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S. Mendoza, Louis, University of Texas Press, Author, Fall 2012. Link
  • A Journey Across Our America: Observations and Reflections on the Latinoization of the U.S. : Mendoza, Louis, self produced video, Author. Image

Professional Activities

  • NACCS General Coordinator: Chair of Board of Directors , March 1998 - March 1999
  • Director, Hispanic Research Center: Coordinated Externally Funded Research on Latino Populations , January 2001 - June 2002
  • Associate Dean of College of Liberal and Fine Arts, UT-San Antonio: June 2002 - June 2004
  • President of Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education: October 2010 - October 2011

Outreach Activities

  • Board Member for Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School in Saint Paul: April 2005

Courses Taught

  • Chic 3223 - Chicana/o and Latina/o Representation in Film
  • Latinos in the United States: Culture and Citizenship
  • Freshman Seminar - The Chicana/o Educational Experience in Literature
  • Introduction to Chicana/o Studies
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats