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Dr. Pablo Gonzalez

Continuing Lecturer

Chicanx Latinx Studies

borderlands anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, criminality and illegality, critical race theory and praxis, decolonial thought and practice, Social movements, the study of the commons, urban anthropology

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
M.A., Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
B.A., Chicano Studies, University of California, Berkeley



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Bio & Research Interests

I am a first generation Chicano scholar-activist/anthropologist who studies the political and cultural resonance of social movements.  In particular, the resonance of indigenous social movements on Chicanas/os and “people of color” in the United States.

My book manuscript is a revision of my dissertation, “Autonomy Road”: the Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Autonomous Organizing in Los Angeles, California.  It describes the long twenty year history of solidarity and political organizing between Chicana/o communities in the United States and the Zapatista indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico.  Using ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Chiapas, Los Angeles, California, and the Mexico/US borderlands, the book manuscript makes a contribution to our understanding of transnational community formation and mobilization, social change, spatial violence,  and Chicana/o transborder subject formation.

My current research looks at the effects of the post 2008 Housing crisis on Latino and Black families.  I focus my analysis by interrogating logics of dispossession when it comes to foreclosures, forced migrations, and homelessness.  I also look at the logics of race and capital that inform the prevalent forms of social organization around private property.

My teaching experience is extensive. I have taught introductory classes in Anthropology and Chicano Studies, as well as undergraduate/graduate topic seminars.  I have facilitated talks and workshops on decolonial thought in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

Awards & Honors

  • UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, Community-Engaged Teaching 2019/2020
  • UC Berkeley Chancellors Public Service Fellow 2019/2020
  • UC Berkeley Instructional Improvement Grant
  • UC Berkeley Adobe Fellow, 2018/2019

Select publications



  • Gonzalez, Pablo. 2020. Review of, Housing the City By the Bay: Tenant Activism, Civil Rights, and Class Politics in San Franciscoby John Baranski. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019. In, Journal of American Ethnic History. (Summer 2020)


  • Book Review, Raza Si, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego, by Jimmy Patiño. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, volume 45, number 1 (Spring 2020)
  • “Twenty-five Years of Chicana/o urban Zapatismo: Part 1”, for Revista N’oj: the Journal of the Latinx Research Center at UC Berkeley.
  • Gonzalez, Pablo and Xochitl Chavez. 2019. “Chicana/o Ethnography”: an annotated bibliography for the Oxford Online Latino Studies Bibliography.
  • Mora, Mariana and Pablo Gonzalez. February 2, 2019. “El Zapatismo y la disputa de la Historia”, La Jornada, Mexico.
  • Gonzalez, Pablo. 2016. “Hecho en Berkeley: A Brief History of Chicana/o Studies at Berkeley High School,” In, “White” Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies: Vol. 1 K-12 Anthology, pp 1-6.
  • Gonzalez, Pablo. 2016. Review of, More than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing, by Amy Howard. University of Minnesota Press. 2014.  City and Society, Fall 2016.
  • “Ethnic Mexican Migrant Families and Property Ownership: Preliminary Ethnographic Data on the Housing Crisis”, Anthropology News, Vol. 53 Issue 9 December 2012.
  • “ALLA Crosses the Northern Border: Two Exciting Panels for Montreal”, Anthropology News, Vol. 52 Issue 6 November 2011.
  •  “Una Red en Peces: Transborder Alliances between US Chicanos and Indigenous Communities in Baja California,” Anthropology News, Vol. 52 Issue 3 March 2011.

Courses Taught

Chicana/o Studies 20: Introduction to Chicana/o Culture

Chicana/o Studies 50: Introduction to Chicana/o History

Chicana/o Studies 150b: History of the Southwest

Chicana/o Studies 159: Mexican Immigration

  • Soundcloud podcasts produced by students:

Chicana/o Studies 161: Central America and its Peoples

Chicana/o Studies 174: Chicanos, the Law, and the Criminal Justice System

  • Soundcloud Podcasts produced by students:

Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicana/o Ethnography

Chicana/o Studies 180: Transnational Indigenous Migration

Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicanx Radical Tradition

Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicanx and Environmental Justice

  • Soundcloud Podcasts produced by Students:

Ethnic Studies 10AC: History of Race and Ethnicity in the Western United States

Ethnic Studies 101A: Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies 135: US Immigration

Ethnic Studies 180L: Racial Citizenship and Immigration in the United States