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Pablo Gonzalez

Continuing Lecturer

Chicano/Latino Studies


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