Michael Trujillo

    Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director , American Studies

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    Michael Trujillo is an associate professor of American Studies and Chicana/o Studies. His research contributes to the larger interdisciplinary effort to move beyond the exclusionary and exceptional notions of the American nation that can no longer be justified in our interconnected world. His research utilizes the theoretical and methodological approaches of critical regionalism, cultural interpretation, and post-Marxist perspectives. His research sites include the northern New Mexican community of Española and US-Mexico border city of Juárez. In both locations, he tracks cultural forms and ethnographic representations through diverse regional and national discourses. Michael’s research in New Mexico culminated in the book The Land of Disenchantment: Latina/o Identities and Transformations in Northern New Mexico (2009). Related articles were published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Oxford Bibliographies, and Cultural Dynamics (2006). UCLA's Chicano Studies Research the US-Mexico borderlands. A key component of this research is the construction of an ethnographic methodology and writing style appropriate for representing emerging American and Mexican-American experiences. He has received fellowships at the University of Texas, Colorado College Center for Southwest Studies, and School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.


  • PhD, University of Texas

Research Areas

  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Critical Regionalism/Globalization
  • Ethnography

Country Specialization(s)

  • US Mexico Border
  • American Southwest