Gustavo Licón, Assistant Professor of Latino/a Studies in the Center for the Study for Culture, Race and Ethnicity (CSCRE) was recently awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. This fellowship is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by The Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This Fellowship, along with the support of Ithaca College and the School of Humanities and Sciences, will provide Dr. Licón the opportunity to focus on his research and writing from June 2013-June 2014. His goal during this fellowship year is to publish several articles in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Licón’s research interests revolve around modern anti-colonial struggles throughout the Americas. In particular, how social movement participants develop and define their identity and ideology, as well as their sense of citizenship and humanity, in the face of repressive government policy, economic deprivation, social stratification, loss of land tenure, immigration, and violence. One of the articles he plans to publish will be on how the construction and negotiation of sexuality influenced the identity, ideology, and activism of Chicana/o student activists in California MEChA from the late 1960s through the late 1990s. Another article will focus on how contemporary U.S. nativist groups have appropriated Chicana/o Movement rhetoric from the 1960s and 1970s to attack their political adversaries and multicultural policies, and support restrictive immigration reform.