Prof Jimmy C Patino Jr

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Chicano Studies
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Jimmy Patiño seeks to critically excavate alternative imaginings of democratic practice among aggrieved communities in the midst of global capitalism. Concentrating on Mexican-origin and broader Latino/a/x communities at the U.S. Mexico Border and in major U.S. urban settings, his work attempts to dialog about the ways that concepts of race, gender and nation create hegemonic class disparities AND formulate an array of identities that mobilize social movements and initiate class struggles on multiple fronts. His first book, Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego asserts that important contingents of Mexican-origin activists in the U.S. engaged, across generations, the crisis over the “illegal alien“ through attempts at organizing the Mexican-origin community across differences of national affiliation and citizenship status. Focusing on San Diego due to its vital positioning as both urban and border space where consistent migration and race-based border policing has occurred, the project illuminates a serious challenge to deportation-oriented immigration policies between 1968 and 1986 through the ideological prism of Chicano self-determination. He is now working on a number of other projects, including a study that investigates the conceptualization and historical practice of solidarity primarily through the lens of African American, Chicana/o/x, and Puerto Rican sites of struggle in the twentieth century. Important to this investigation are the ways regional differences and geo-historical contexts facilitated articulations of Black-Brown/Afro-Latinx diasporic solidarities and how these articulations led to counter hegemonic activities and theories of revolution across local, national and transnational boundaries. Through a relational and comparative framework, the study will ground these analyses in historical activities in the Midwest, Texas, California and New York in the burgeoning Black and Brown Power movements at the mid to late 20th century. His broader research and teaching interests include Comparative Ethnic Studies, Chicano/a-Latino/a History, diaspora/transnationalism/borderlands, social movements and political mobilizations, and Cultural Studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: United States History, University of California, San Diego, 2010.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of Houston, 2004.
  • B.A.: Sociology, University of Houston, 2002.


  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Chicano/a and Latino/a History, Culture and Politics
  • Immigration and the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Latino/a Civil Rights and the Chicano/a Movement
  • African American and Latino/a Relations
Courses Taught
  • CHIC 3221: Introduction to Chican@ Cultural Studies
  • CHIC/HIST 3444: Chicano/a History I: 1821-1945
  • CHIC 3352: Transnational Chican@ Theory: Global Views/Borderland Spaces
  • CHIC 3346: Chicano/a History II: WWII, El Movimiento and the New Millenium
  • CHIC 3888: Immigration and the Latino/a Experiences: Diaspora, Identity and Community
  • Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Jimmy Patiño, “‘All I want is that he be punished’: Gender, Border Violence and Chicano Struggles for Immigrant Rights in the San Diego Borderlands,” in The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century, ed. Mario García, New York: Routledge Press, 2014. Download
  • Jimmy Patiño. “Growin’ up in the ‘hood same as me”: Black and Brown Hip Hop Subjectivities at an H-town Record Store.” The Journal of South Texas, 30, vol. 2, Spring 2017. Download
  • Jimmy Patiño. “You don’t know exactly which country you have to belong to”: Rethinking Alvarez v. Lemon Grove through the Deportation Regime, 1924-1931.” Pacific Historical Review, 89(3) Summer 2020, 347-378.
  • Jimmy Patiño. Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
  • IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2012 - 2013
  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013 - 2014