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Randy Ontiveros

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Associate Professor, English
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies

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Research Expertise

American
Comparative Literature
Film Studies and Cultural Studies

I write and teach in the areas of contemporary American literature and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies. My first book, In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement, is published by New York University Press. The book studies the literature, theater, music, non-fiction prose, and other creative genres of the Chicano civil rights movement. My second book project is about the suburbs in Latino/a literature and politics. In the classroom I teach surveys and topics in US Latino/a Literature, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, the literature of Maryland, and more. 

Awards & Grants

2016 Donna B. Hamilton Award for for Teaching Excellence in General Education

Associate Professor Randy Ontiveros has won the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
Award Organization: Donna B. Hamilton
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According to Undergraduate Dean William Cohen, Randy was nominated by nine of his students for his instruction with ENGL 289M: Literary Maryland; ENGL 370: Junior Honors Conference; and ENGL 327: The Suburbs in American Literature and Film.

2015 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Board of Regents' Faculty Awards are the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents to exemplary faculty members within the University System of Maryland.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
Award Organization: USM Board of Regents
Dates:
These awards publicly recognize distinguished performance in 1) Teaching, 2) Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity, 3) Public Service, 4) Mentoring, and 5) Innovation on the part of faculty members.

Publications

In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement

The book studies the literature, theater, music, non-fiction prose, and other creative genres of the Chicano civil rights movement.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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Focusing on cultural politics, Ontiveros reveals neglected stories about the Chicano movement and its impact: how writers used the street press to push back against the network news; how visual artists such as Santa Barraza used painting, installations, and mixed media to challenge racism in mainstream environmentalism; how El Teatro Campesino’s innovative “actos,” or short skits,sought to embody new, more inclusive forms of citizenship; and how Sandra Cisneros and other Chicana novelists broadened the narrative of the Chicano movement. In the Spirit of a New People articulates a fresh understanding of how the Chicano movement contributed to the social and political currents of postwar America, and how the movement remains meaningful today.

In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of a New People

Randy J. Ontiveros explores the ways in which Chicano/a artists and activists used fiction, poetry, visual arts, theater, and other expressive forms to forge a common purpose and to challenge inequality in America.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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Reexamining the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, In the Spirit of a New People brings to light new insights about social activism in the twentieth-century and new lessons for progressive politics in the twenty-first. Randy J. Ontiveros explores the ways in which Chicano/a artists and activists used fiction, poetry, visual arts, theater, and other expressive forms to forge a common purpose and to challenge inequality in America.

Focusing on cultural politics, Ontiveros reveals neglected stories about the Chicano movement and its impact: how writers used the street press to push back against the network news; how visual artists such as Santa Barraza used painting, installations, and mixed media to challenge racism in mainstream environmentalism; how El Teatro Campesino’s innovative “actos,” or short skits,sought to embody new, more inclusive forms of citizenship; and how Sandra Cisneros and other Chicana novelists broadened the narrative of the Chicano movement. In the Spirit of a New People articulates a fresh understanding of how the Chicano movement contributed to the social and political currents of postwar America, and how the movement remains meaningful today.

Read more at the publisher's website.

"No Golden Age: Television News and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement"

Examines patterns and omissions in television news coverage of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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Argues that the networks largely ignored Mexican American activism during these decades, and when they did cover the movement, they tended to represent it not as a complex campaign for equality, but as one of several forces destroying America from within.

“Latino Media in a Digital Age.”

“Latino Media in a Digital Age.” Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 85-91.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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This is the first book to explore the multitude of narrative media forms created by and that feature Latinos in the twenty-first century - a radically different cultural landscape to earlier epochs. The essays present a fresh take informed by the explosion of Latino demographics and its divergent cultural tastes.

“Teaching the Suburbs.”

“Teaching the Suburbs.” Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Routledge.

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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In one of the most rapidly growing areas of literary study, this volume provides the first comprehensive guide to teaching Latino/a literature in all variety of learning environments. Essays by internationally renowned scholars offer an array of approaches and methods to the teaching of the novel, short story, plays, poetry, autobiography, testimonial, comic book, children and young adult literature, film

“Social Movements.”

“Social Movements.” Keywords for Latina/Latino Studies. Ed. Lawrence La-Fountain, Nancy Mirabal, and Deb Vargas. New York University Press. Forthcoming

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Lead: Randy Ontiveros
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Keywords for Latina/o Studies is a generative text that enhances the ongoing dialogue within a rapidly growing and changing field. The keywords included in this collection represent established and emergent terms, categories, and concepts that undergird Latina/o studies; they delineate the shifting contours of a field best thought of as an intellectual imaginary and experiential project of social and cultural identities within the US academy.