The Latinx Research Center is an interdisciplinary and transAmericas, faculty-led research center of investigation and hub of dissemination of information about the state’s largest ethnic minority group, one projected to continue to grow in the state and nationally. Latinxs are a diverse community of people hailing from all over Latin America, perhaps the majority of which descend from Indigenous peoples, but also African diasporic, Asian, Muslim, Jewish, and European peoples, in numerous cultural and religious hybridities. In California, Mexicans predate the expansion of the United States into the state, as in Southwest and some parts of the West, the Caribbean, and Florida. In California, we also count Chileans among the earliest “Americans,” already present in the mid-1880s, and Puerto Ricans from the time of U.S. occupation and incorporation of the island as a “free associate state” in 1898. Nicaraguans are in San Francisco already in the 1920s, and the Bay Area is home to vibrant population influxes after the 1960s from the Southern Cone as well as Central America. Increasingly, the Americas are a place of increasing hemispheric circulation of bodies, culture, ideas. We aim to understand this hemispheric and indeed global phenomena better.
The LRC supports sees as its mission the illumination of the unique, rich, and pan-Latinx history, current presence and experiences, and projected futures of Bay Area and California Latinx people through support of UCB’s internationally recognized faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers. Through lectures by campus and invited scholars, politicians, community leaders, and artists, and in symposia, conferences, white papers, art exhibitions and exhibition catalogs, and in its new e-magazine, Revista N’oj, the LRC circulates accurate, intelligent, and informed knowledge about Latinxs in the state and nation.