is an American historian
of history, poet
, and activist
. He is best known for his work in the field of Chicana
/o history. As a co-editor of the Plan de Santa Bárbara
, an educational manifesto for the implementation of Chicano studies
programs in universities nationwide, he was an influential figure in the development of the field.
Youth and education
Gómez-Quiñones was born in the city of Parral, Chihuahua
, and raised in East Los Angeles
. He graduated from Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary School
, a Catholic high school
in Montebello, California
. He subsequently attended the University of California, Los Angeles
, earning his Bachelor's degree
in literature, his Master of Arts
in Latin American studies
, and his doctorate of philosophy
in history. His 1972 dissertation was titled "Social Change and Intellectual Discontent: The Growth of Mexican Nationalism, 1890-1911."
He was a founding co-editor of Aztlán, a journal of Chicano studies.
He began teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969, and has held his post for the past thirty years. He has served as the director of UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center, as well as on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Gómez-Quiñones is criticized by the website www.uclaprofs.com, which publishes a critical profile of him and accuses him of having "based his entire political and personal world around personal ethnic identity." The profile criticizes a 1987 statement Gómez-Quiñones made about the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
for presupposing that "the American and Californian economies would experience a workforce crisis should immigration policy be fully enforced." The profile, citing an unnamed Los Angeles Times
article, further claims that Gómez-Quiñones threatened UC Regent Ralph Ochoa with physical violence when, during a community meeting, he asked him to "step outside."
Honors and awards