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Longstanding debates about U.S. Latinx identities challenge homogenizing racial, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual, and religious stereotypes. These stereotypes and societal hierarchies to which they are linked reflect complex colonial structures across the Americas, and point to the need for community-based studies of the negotiation of Latinx identities in everyday life. Drawing on ethnographic and sociolinguistic research conducted in a predominantly Mexican and Puerto Rican Chicago public high school and its surrounding communities, this presentation approaches Latinidad as a crucial site from which to analyze the (re)production of racial, linguistic, and national borders, as well as to reimagine worlds beyond these borders.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Rosa is associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He also currently serves as director of Stanford’s program in Chicanx-Latinx studies and president of the Association of Latina/o and Latinx Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. His research centers on joint analyses of racial marginalization, linguistic stigmatization, and educational inequity. Rosa is author of the award-winning book, "Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad" (2019, Oxford University Press), and co-editor of the volume, "Language and Social Justice in Practice" (2019, Routledge). His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and Language in Society, as well as media outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, NPR, and Univision.

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