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Cordelia Candelaria

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Emeritus Regents Professor
Biography

 

Cordelia Candelaria is a Regents Emeritus Professor with the School of Transborder Studies. Most recently, she has developed a program called People-Power Undergoing Life Sustaining Education — PULSE — that provides workshops for ASU faculty and students to integrate fact-based reasoning into their analysis and decision-making in areas such as diversity, law and civics. Candelaria founded the program with her $40,000 gift to the School of Transborder Studies. The donation will be used to provide 25 grant-in-aids in the amount of $500 for faculty and five $800 scholarships for students.

Candelaria served as an ASU professor from 1992–2008 for the Department of English and what is now the School of Transborder Studies. In 2007, she became the founding associate dean for strategic initiatives in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to advance transdisciplinary diversity programs. Embracing diversity and helping others understand differences is part of Candelaria’s life work. The PULSE program is just the next step in her journey to help faculty and students understand how the past affects current life.

Candelaria was previously vice provost of academic affairs at the Downtown Phoenix campus and also has served as chair of the Chicana/o studies department (now the School of Transborder Studies). She is executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture and author of "Seeking the Perfect Game: Baseball in American Literature," which is in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, and "Chicano Poetry," both the first books on their respective topics.

Before coming to ASU in 1992, Candelaria held faculty appointments at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she was founding director of the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race in America; Stanford University; Universidad Católica de Lima, Perú (as Senior Fulbright Scholar); and Richmond College in London. She also was a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and was selected 2001 Scholar of the Year by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Education
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 1976
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame 1972
  • B.A. Fort Lewis College 1970
Publications
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C (Author) . Amores Perros as Urban Catechism: Confronting the Preying Billboards of "White" Glamour. Race and Whiteness in Film (2006).
  • . Chicana/o Studies Department Newsletter. (2005).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C. Threading Weaver's Needle, or Getting There (short story). Introduction to Multiethnic Short Fiction edited by BJ Manriquez (2005).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C. ¡Alambrista!; "John Alonso"; "Rudolfo A. Anaya"; "Antilles"; "Aztlán"; "Balseros"; "Boricúa, Borinqueña"; "Carlos Castañeda"; "César and Rubén"; "Chicano Renaissance"; "Chili"; "Cholo"; "Cockfighting"; "Jesús Colón"; "Christopher Columbus"; "Ange. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C. Co-authored entries: "Appropriation and Popular Culture" w/Arturo Aldama, pp. 30-32. "Barrios and Borderlands" w/Arturo Aldama and James García, pp. 60-73. "Charro" Encyclopedia w/Peter García, p. 129. "Henry Cisneros" w/Cristina Muñoz, pp. 164-167. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C. Magic Realism; "Maquiladora"; "Thomas J. Marquez"; "José Martí"; "MEChA"; "Menudo"; "Minnie Minoso"; "National Hispanic University"; "Pachucos"; "Papel Picado"; "Estela Portillo Trambley"; "Race and Ethnicity"; "Ramona"; "Alex Rivera"; "Alex Rodríguez". Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C, Aldama, Arturo, Garcia, Peter. Introduction [Major analytic essay on bicultural, transnational identities and histories]. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, 2-vols (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C, Aldama, Arturo, Alvarez-Smith, Alma. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (2-volumes; 2004; 981pp.). (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C, Aldama, Arturo J, Garcia, Peter J. Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Popular Culture(s) in the United States. (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C, Aldama, Arturo J, Garcia, Peter J. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture. (2004).
  • . . Review of: Una vela por Gloria - A Candle for Gloria (2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C (Author) . Tightrope Walking the Border: ¡Alambrista! and the Acrobatics of Mestizo Representation. ALAMBRISTA and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants [book & DVD] (2004).
  • . CCS Crónica [Chicana/o Studies Department Newsletter, 2000 - current]. (2004).
  • Cordelia Candelaria. CCS Cronica. Chicana/o Studies Department Newsletter (2003).
  • Cordelia Candelaria. Tightrope Walking the Border: ¡Alambrista! and the Acrobatics of Mestizo Representation. ALAMBRISTA and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants [book/DVD/CD] (2003).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C. Cursing Fujimori and Other Andean Reflections. (2003).
  • . . Millenial Anxieties: Chicana/o Cultural Studies in the 21st Century (2002).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C (Author) . La Malinche, Feminist Prototype. Chicana Leadership: the Frontiers Reader (2002).
  • . . ABC-CLIO Girlhood in America Encyclopedia (2001).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia C, Chase Lauer, J, Woods, Gioia. Preparing Citizens. Kendall Hunt Publishing (2001).
  • Keller, Gary D, Candelaria, Cordelia C. The Legacy of the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars: Legal, Literacy, and Historical Perspectives. (2000).
Research Activity
Presentations
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Invited Keynote Speaker. Inaugural Latin at Heritage Conference, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas (Apr 2005).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. How Chicana/o Studies Isn't Rocket Science But Compares to Brain Surgery. NACCS Rocky Mountain Conference, University of Wyoming, Laramie (Oct 2004).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Baseball Matters: Myth, History, and American Culture. Lecture for ASU-West, Elderhostel (Mar 2001).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Madwoman in the Academy: Pre-Feminist Anecdotes. 16th Annual All-University Women Studies Conference, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock (Apr 2000).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Mestiza/o Identities as Indemnity of Sabiduria por Liberacion in New Fiction by Vea and Hart. 27th NACCS Conference, Portland (Mar 2000).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Mestiza/o Identities as Indemnity of Sabiduria por Liberacion in New Fiction by Vea and Hart. NACCS Conference, Portland (Mar 2000).
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. ASU's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies: Retracing Academic B/orders. NACCS 28th Annual Conference, Tucson
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. ASU-Downtown Lunchtime Talks. Hispanic Heritage Presentation, Phoenix
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Erasing Borders/Retracing Quarters" of Gendered Mestizaje". NACCS 28th Annual Conference, Tucson
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Motorola Corporation. Hispanic Heritage Presentation, Tempe
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Keynote Speaker (opening & closing plenary sessions). NACCS Rocky Mountain, Conference, University of Wyoming, Laramie, October
  • Candelaria, Cordelia. Valle del Sol. Presentation to Leadership Seminar, Phoenix
Service
  • Inaugural Latin@ Heritage Conference, Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas), Keynote Speaker (2005 - Present)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Womens Studies, Board of Advisors (2002 - 2008)
  • Office of the President, Senior vice President & Provost Search Committee Member (2005 - 2006)
  • University of California, Promotion Referee for tenured senior professor (2005 - 2005)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • ASU-Downtown Lunchtime Talks, Panel Presenter w/ Alma Alvarez-Smith (2004 - 2004)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C, Research Division, Review Panel (2003 - 2003)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Appointed to Board of Directors (1997 - 2003)
  • 4th Annual FacDiversity Conf: Diversity & TheNew American University:Interplay of Teaching, Research, Plenary Presenter w/Alma Alvarez Smith (2003)
  • American Studies Dept, ASUW Campus, Chair (2003)
  • Faculty Women's Association, Plenary Presenter (2003)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Womens Studies, Board of Advisors (2003)
  • Mexican Consulate - Phoenix Offices, Consultant and ASU liaison (2003)
  • Neighborhood Dispute Resolution Committee, Mesa, AZ, External Advisor (2003)
  • November 2002-February 2003, Emergency sick leave (major abdominal surgery) (2003)
  • PanAmerican Initiatives, Office of President, Consultant (2003)
  • National Council of La Raza, Elected to Board of Directors (1997 - 2002)
  • University of Texas, Promotion and Tenure Referee (2001 - 2001)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Board of Directors, Elected Secretary (2000 - 2001)
  • National Council of La Raza, Washington,D.C, Elected to Executive Committee (1999 - 2001)
  • U of Arizona Mexican American Studies & Research Center Program Review and Self-Study, External Evaluator (2000 - 2000)
  • University of California, Promotion Referee (2000 - 2000)