José F. Aranda, Jr.
Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies
Associate Professor of English
José F. Aranda, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Chicano/a and
American Literature. He is the author of When We Arrive: A New
Literary History of Mexican American (University of Arizona,
2003). He has written articles on early U.S. criticism,
Nineteenth-Century Mexican American literature, the future of
Chicano/a Studies, and most recently undertaken an investigation of
the relationship between modernity and Mexican American writings,
titled The Places of Modernity in Early Mexican American
Dr. Aranda has a dual appointment in the departments of English
and Spanish & Portuguese. He is a board member of Recovering the U.S.
Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He is also the founder and
director of the Américas Reseach Center of Rice University, a
center devoted geographically to research, scholarship, and
teaching that understands Houston, Texas as historically and
globally tied to regions such as Mexico, the borderlands, the U.S.
West, Latin America, the Caribbean, and especially the Gulf of
Mexico. He is the Director of the Latin American Studies Major at
Rice and co-founder of "Avanzamos: El Taller Chicana/o," an
annual workshop focused on advanced scholarship in Chicana/o
Studies, sponsored by Rice University and the University of North
He is the current chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese