Ramón A. Gutiérrez

Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in United States History and the College
PhD 1980 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Social Science Research Bldg., room 514 – Office
(773) 702-3286 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 118
Chicago, IL 60637


Field Specialties

Chicano history; race and ethnicity in American life; Chicano/Latino studies; Indian-White Relations in the Americas; social and economic history of the Southwest; Colonial Latin America; Mexican immigration.


Cuando Jesús llegó, las madres del maíz se fueron:  Matrimonio, sexualidad y poder en Nuevo México, 1500-1846 (México City: Fondo de la Cultura Económica, 1993).

When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846  (Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 1991).

Edited, Coauthored, Coedited Volumes

Coeditor with Patricia Zavella. Mexicans in California: Transformations and Challenges. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Committee on Graduate Education of the American Historical Association. The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Coeditor with Richard Orsi. Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Editor. Mexican Home Altars. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

Coauthor. The Drama of Diversity and Democracy: Higher Education and American Commitments. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1995.

Coauthor. American Pluralism and the College Curriculum: Higher Education in a Diverse Democracy. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1995.

Coauthor. Liberal Learning and the Arts of Connection for the New Academy. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1995.

Coeditor with Genevieve Fabre. Festivals and Celebrations in American Ethnic Communities. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Coeditor with Genaro Padilla. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1993.

Coeditor with Ernest Cook. Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

"Reflections on 1972." Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (Spring 2007): 183-190.

"Warfare, Homosexuality, and Gender Status Among American Indian Men in the Southwest." In Long Before Stonewall. Edited by Tom Foster. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

"Hispanic Identities in the Southwestern United States." In Race and classification: The Case of Mexican America. Edited by Ilona Katezw and Susan Deeds. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.

"The Barrio as Colony: Chicano Contributions to Social Theory." In Mexicans in California:Transformation and Challenges. Edited by Patricia Zavella et al. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

"Aztlán," "Slavery," "Race and Color Consciousness," and "The Chicano Movement." In Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia. Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, 71-73, 684-86, 603-07, 151-55. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

"Mexican-Origin People in the United States." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, vol 3. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, 129-39. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

"From Latin America to Harlem and the Barrios of L.A.: The Impact of Internal Colonialism Theory." In Journey into Otherness. Edited by Ada Savin, 157-167. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2005.

"Internal Colonialism: The History of a Theory." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 1, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 281-96.

"Hispanics and Latinos." In A to the History of the American West. Edited by William Deverell, 390-411. New York: Blackwell, 2004.

"Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Orientalization of New Mexico." In Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies, and Discourse. Edited by  Francisco Lomeli, Victor Sorell and Genaro Padilla, 11-27. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.

"Ethnic Mexicans in Historical and Social Science Scholarship." In Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, 2nd Ed. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 2003.

"Unraveling America's Hispanic Past: Internal Stratification and Class Boundaries." In The Chicano Studies Reader. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2001, pp. 371-387.

"What's Love Got to Do With It? A Response to Ann Stoler's 'Tense and Tender Ties: The Politics of Comparison in North American History and (Post) Colonial Studies'." Journal of American History 88 (December 2001): 1-4.

"Selena Quintanilla Pérez." In The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, vol 4. Edited by Ken Jackson, 503-505. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

"The Pueblo Revolt and Its Aftermath." In Colonial America: Essays in Politics and Social Development, 5th ed. Edited by Stanley N. Katz, John M. Murrin, and Douglas Greenberg, 419-30. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2001.

 "'Tell Me with Whom You Walk and I Will Tell You Who You Are': Honor and Virtue in Eighteenth-Century Colonial New Mexico." In Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West. Edited by Matthew Basso, Laura McCall, and Dee Garceau, 25-44. New York: Routledge, 2001.

"Mestizaje: Its History, Evolution, and Legacy on the Road to Aztlán." In The Road to Aztlán: Art from the Mythic Homeland. Edited by Virginia M. Fields, 290-299. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2001.

"Sacred Retablos: Objects that Conjoin Time and Space." In Art and Faith in Mexico: The Nineteenth-Century Tradition. Edited by Elizabeth Netto Calil Zarur and Charles Muir Lovell, 31-37. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.

"Borderlands." In Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, vol 2. Edited by Mary Kupiec Cayton and Peter W. Williams, 541-40. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

"Culture Knows No Borders." In Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of An Indo-Hispano Homeland, 133-141. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2000.

"Honor Ideology, Marriage Negotiation, and Class-Gender Domination in New Mexico, 1690-1846." In En Aquel Entonces: Readings in Mexican American History. Edited by Manuel G. Gonzales and Cynthia M. Gonzales, 14-21. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

"Chicano History: Paradigm Shifts and Shifting Boundaries." In Voices of a New Chicana/o History. Edited by Refugio I. Rochín and Dennis N. Valdés, 91-114. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000.

"Franciscans and the Pueblo Revolt." In What Caused the Pueblo Revolt of 1680? Edited by David J. Weber, 41-53. Boston: Bedford, 1999.

"Hispanic Diaspora and Chicano Identity in the United States of America." The South Atlantic Quarterly, special issue on Diaspora and Immigration 98, no. 1/2 (Winter/Spring 1999): 203-216.

"Crucifixion, Slavery and Death: The Hermanos Penitentes of the Southwest." In Over the Edge: Mapping the American West. Edited by Valerie Matsumoto and Blake Allmendinger, 253-271. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Forward to Leonard Pitt's The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998, vii-xii.

"Sacred Retablos: Objects that Conjoin Time and Space." In Mexican Home Altars. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997, 37-48.

"Honor and Shame in the Barrio Streets: A Modern Code of Ethics." Cahiers Charles V (Paris 1997).

"The Hermanos Penitentes: Their Altars, Their History." Spirit Magazine.

"The Politics of Scapegoating." Boston Sunday Globe (April 14, 1996).

"The Pueblo Indian World in the Sixteenth Century." In Religion and American Culture. Edited by David G. Hackett, 3-25. New York:  Routledge, 1995.

Introduction to Elsie Clews Parsons's Pueblo Indian Religion, vol 2. Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1996.

"The Political Legacies of Columbus: Ethnic Identities in the United States." University of Maryland, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Working Papers, no. 16. 1995.

"The Erotic Zone: Sexual Transgression on the U.S.-Mexican Border." In Mapping Multiculturalism. Edited by Avery Gordon and Chris Newfield, 253-63. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

"Ethnic Studies: Its Evolution in American Colleges and Universities." In Multiculturalism: A Reader. Edited by David Theo Goldberg, 157-167. New York: Basil Blackwell, 1995.

"Historical and Social Science Research on Mexican Americans." In Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education. Edited by J.A. Banks and C. McGee Banks, 203-22. New York: Macmillan, 1995.

"El Santuario de Chimayo: A Syncretic Shrine in New Mexico." In Festivals and Celebrations in American Ethnic Communities. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995, pp. 71-86.

"Decolonizing the Body: Kinship and the Nation." American Archivist 57 (Winter 1994): 86-100.

"Community, Patriarchy and Individualism: The Politics of Chicano History." The American Quarterly 45, no. 1 (March 1993): 44-72. Organization of American Historians Ray Allen Billington Prize.

"Pueblos and Spanish in the Southwest." In Major Problems in American Environmental History. Edited by Carol Merchant, 45-53. Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath, 1993.

"Cuando el Padre Jesús vino, la madre de maiz se fue: Conquista, religión y rebelión en el Nuevo México colonial." In Culturas hispanas en los Estados Unidos de América. Edited by María de Jesús Buxó Rey and Tomás Calvo Buezas, 105-124. Madrid: Ediciones de Cultura Hispánas, 1990.

"The Politics of Theatre in Colonial New Mexico: Drama and the Rhetoric of Conquest." In Reconstructing a Chicano/a Literary Heritage: Hispanic Colonial Literature of the United States. Edited by  María Herrera-Sobek, 50-67. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

"Sexual Mores and Behavior: The Spanish Borderlands," "Interracial Societies in the Spanish Borderlands," "Detribalized and Manumitted Indians," and "Family Structures:  The Spanish Borderlands." In Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, vol 2. New York: Scribner's, 1993, pp. 700-710, 163-168, 155-162, 672-682.

"Church and State: The Spanish Borderlands." In Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, vol 3. New York: Scribner's, 1993, pp. 520-528.

"Settlements in the Spanish Borderlands Southwestern." In Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, vol 1. New York: Scribner's, 1993, pp. 113-124.

"The Pre-Columbian Southwest and Southeast United States." In Latinos in the Making of the United States of America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, vol. 1. Edited by Carol Anne Stiglmeier, 57-64. Albany, N.Y.: The State Education Department, 1993.

"The Colonial World: The Southern Part of the United States." In Latinos in the Making of the United States of America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, vol 3. Edited by Carol Anne Stiglmeier, 561-580. Albany, N.Y.: The State Education Department, 1993.

"Post-Colonial Worlds: The Southern Part of the United States." In Latinos in the Making of the United States of America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, vol. 2. Edited by Carol Anne Stiglmeier, 1-8. Albany, N.Y.: The State Education Department, 1993.

"Nationalism and Literary Production: The Hispanic and Chicano Experiences" and The UCLA Bibliographic Survey of Mexican-American Literary Culture, 1821-1945: An Overview." In Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage. Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1993, pp. 241-252, 241-252

"Lusting for Power: Richard Rodriguez and the Political Language of White Men." In Gender, Self and Society: Proceedings of the IV International Conference on the Hispanic Cultures of the United States. Edited by Renate von Bardeleben, 383-393. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1993.

"The Franciscan Century in New Mexico." In The Spanish Missions of New Mexico, vol 18. Edited by John L. Kessell and Rick Kendricks, 436-96. New York: Garland, 1991.