Maythee Rojas

Maythee Rojas

California State University, Long BeachPicture of Maythee Rojas
Chicano & Latino Studies Dept.

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1004

E-Mail: maythee.rojas@csulb.edu

Maythee Rojas is a Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She received her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Pomona College. Her research specializations include ethnic American literature and issues of gender and sexuality. She is the author of Women of Color and Feminism (Seal Press: 2009). Her work has appeared in Feminist Teacher, Frontiers, MELUS, Women’s Studies Quarterly and reference books such Notable American Women, Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Her most recent publication, “Shaking Up La Familia: Lesbian Motherhood and the Chican@ Nation in Sheila Ortiz Taylor’s Faultline” is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal.

In 2010-2011, Dr. Rojas served as president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) and was the 2009-2010 Interim Editor for its journal, Ethnic Studies Review. She is currently the director of CSULB’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program, which is a collaborative effort between the campus’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) to assist nontraditional, working adult students in receiving their bachelors’ degrees.

Dr. Rojas’ most recent book project, Cultura Canine, is a cultural studies analysis of the interactions between canines and U.S. Latinx communities. Covering an array of topics that range from examining the racialized policing of Latinos through animal welfare in Los Angeles County to profiling the once-undocumented celebrity dog trainer, Cesar Milan, to tracing the presence of dog imagery in Chicanx literature, Dr. Rojas plans to highlight the culturally-specific bonds that Latinx have formed with their canine companions while in the process also addressing the socio-economic and political factors that shape and surround many of these relationships. In particular, the book will examine acculturation, immigration, and spirituality, and the impact that issues such as these have on how Latinx communities view dog ownership.