Deborah R. Vargas

Associate Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies

Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz, 2003, Sociology (Feminist Cultural Studies)

Phone: (949) 824-3857
Fax: (949) 824-1019

University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Department of Chicano/Latino Studies
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Chicana/Latina Cultural Production; Racialized Sexualities; Critical Race Feminisms; Cultural Studies; Popular Culture
Appointments Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Los Angeles
Chicano Studies Research Center

University of California Office of the President
President's Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Davis
Chicano Studies Program
Publications Vargas, Deborah R. Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (forthcoming August 2012)
  Vargas, Deborah R. “Rita Vidaurri’s Pants: The Charro Traje and Trans-sensuality.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Vol. 20, Issue 1 (March 2010), 3-14.
  Vargas, Deborah R. “Borderland Bolerista: The Licentious Lyricism of Chelo Silva.” Feminist Studies. Spring/Summer 2008. Volume 34, Number 1-2, 173-197.
  Vargas, Deborah R. “Selena: Sounding A Transnational Latina/o Queer Imaginary.” ELN (English Language Notes). Vol. 45, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2007.
  Vargas, Deborah R. "Brown Country: Johnny Rodriguez" in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 2007.
  Vargas, Deborah R.
“Cruzando Frontejas: Remapping Selena’s Tejano Music Crossover.” In Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change, edited by Norma Cantú and Olga Nájera-Ramírez, 224-236. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
REPRINTED in The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader edited by Angie Chabram-Dernersesian,314-323. Routledge Press, 2006
  Vargas, Deborah R.
"Rosita Fernández: La Rosa de San Antonio." Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Special Issue: Gender on the Borderlands. Vol. 24, Number 2&3, 2003.
  Vargas, Deborah R.
Various Encyclopedia Entries. Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez-Korrol. Indiana University Press. 2006.
  Vargas, Deborah R.
Various Encyclopedia Entries. Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Popular Culture in the United States. Edited by Cordelia Canderlaria, Arturo Aldama, and Peter García. Tempe: Arizona State University Press. 2004.
Grants UC MEXUS. The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States.
Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives
John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
UC Humanities Research Institute (HRI)
UCLA InterAmerican Cultures (Chicano Studies Research Center)
University of California Center for New Racial Studies
American Studies Association
Latin American Studies Association
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
Mujeres Acitvas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)
Cultural Studies Association
Other Experience Oral Historian
Smithsonian Institution Latino Music Oral History Project

Graduate Programs Culture and Theory

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Last updated 05/01/2012