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Louis G. Mendoza, Ph.D.

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Louis is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Ethnic and Third World Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the University of Minnesota to chair the Department of Chicano Studies in 2004, Louis taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was an associate dean in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and Interim Director of the Hispanic Research Center. His research interests include Chicana/o Literary and Cultural studies, U.S. immigration literature, prison literature, and oral histories. Louis recently published two books with the University of Texas Press related to his 2007 Journey Across Our America research project on U.S. Latina/o communities that he conducted while bicycling around the perimeter of the country. In addition to his department duties, Louis Mendoza is also an Associate Vice Provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity.
"Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the U.S.", Mendoza, Louis, University of Texas Press, Author, Spring 2012.
In the summer of 2007, Louis G. Mendoza set off on a bicycle trip across the United States with the intention of conducting a series of interviews along the way.