Mexican-American Studies

Program Overview 

Mexican-American Studies is a unique interdisciplinary course of learning that provides an introduction to the Latina/o community within the context of the American experience. It explores its history, culture, society, politics, religion, economics, art, and major contributions to the development of the United States.

Faculty

Oscar Canedo M.A.
ocanedo@swccd.edu
Office: 702 B
Phone: (619) 482-6372

Areas of research/focus:
Professor Cañedo is a native of the South Bay, who attended U.C.S.D. & obtained a M.A. in Latin American Studies from SDSU, specializing in history, anthropology & political science. He has been a professor of Mexican-American Studies, & United States history for close to two decades in the greater San Diego area, & specializes in teaching online sections?. His teaching interests include politics and militarism of the Post-Classic society in Meso-America, and modern US labor history, including the rise of unions such as the United Farm Workers and United Auto Workers.

Victor Chavez    
Victor Chavez

Victoria Chavez    
Victoria Chavez

Brandon Luna    Brandon Luna

Angelica M. Gonzalez, Ed.D.    
Angélica M. Gonzalez, Ed.D.

Office: 702 B
Phone: (619) 482-6372

Areas of research/focus:
Dr. Gonzalez considers herself a scholar activist who is passionate about teaching students and advancing his or her success in college. Her recent work on Mexicano masculinities and how male gender identity effects perceptions of degree attainment, received the highly regarded George Boggs Award for Exemplary Research and Practice. Dr. Gonzalez’ areas of interest include: teaching history through a Chicana/o perspective, gender identity, k-14 education, exploring outcomes for Mexicana/o student success, and critical race theory.

Gregorio Pantoja, M.A.    
Gregorio Pantoja, M.A.

Office: 702 B
Phone: (619) 482-6372

Areas of research/focus:
Professor Pantoja is an Alumnus of SWC and has returned to the "place that changed his life" to give back, and serve the community. He was the first Graduate from the Chicana & Chicano Studies Program at S.D.S.U., where he produced his thesis The Latina Other, and the Performance of Masculinities; which exams gender & transgender theory within the context of U.S. patriarchal frameworks. Professor Pantoja's areas of interest is cultivating critical thought, via the interrogation of dominant historical narratives, as well as implementing best practices of mentorship in and out of the classroom to produce higher outcomes of student success?

Gerardo Rios, PhD.   
Gerardo Rios, PhD.

Office: 560A
Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5587

Professor Gerardo Ríos has been teaching in higher education for nearly two decades, and holds master’s degrees in Latin American history and education, and a PhD in history. He also did graduate studies in the sociocultural anthropology of Latin American indigenous communities. He has also done extensive teaching on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. Professor Ríos currently revises a book for publication on indigenous rebels and their programs for national reconstruction during the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1920. In addition, he is currently researching the abolition of slavery in México in 1829, and the effects of Mexican government policies in Texas. Using diverse andragogical and pedagogical strategies, Professor Ríos works to encourage Southwestern College students to think critically, graduate from four-year universities, attend graduate school, and give back to their community.