Catherine S. Ramírez

Catherine S. Ramírez, associate professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a scholar of migration, citizenship, and race. As director of UC Santa Cruz’s Research Center for the Americas, she was the Principal Investigator of Non-citizenship, a 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. Her current book projects include Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Non-citizenship, an edited volume that grows out of her Sawyer Seminar, and Assimilation: An Alternative History, a history of the concept of assimilation in the United States. She is also the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and several essays on science fiction, race, gender, and futurity. Over 2019-20, as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, she is developing Denizenship or Democracy?, a policy-oriented project comparing how migrants are integrated (or not) in receiving countries. Dr. Ramírez holds a Ph.D. in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship and an Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Cruz’s highest teaching honor. For more information about her and her work, visit her website: