Luís Carlos Rodríguez –Earned a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC, 2002. Luís Carlos also worked as a community organizer for the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 11 and was a columnist for the independent student newspaper The Trojan Horse. During the summer of 2000 he participated as a an immigrant rights delegate during the Democratic National Convention. His artistic endeavors include working as a set designer, actor, and producer for community theater labs such as the Latino Theater Company and Corner Stone Theater Company. Spending his formative years in Mexico and the US Luís Carlos has been inspired by movements across borders. As such, his work looks at intersections between Chican@/Latin@ popular culture, immigration, and transnationalism in Los Angeles and beyond.
He works with Teresa McKenna (ASE & English), George Sanchez (history, (ASE), Curtis Marez, (Cinematic Arts, ASE), Tara McPherson (Cinematic Arts, ASE), and Roberto Lint-Sagarena (Religion, ASE).
Summary Statement of Research Interests
In “From Chicano Therapy to Globarriology: Chican@ Popular Culture and Identity in Late 20th and Early 21st Century Los Angeles,” Rodríguez examines Chicano popular culture in Los Angeles between 1980 and 2005 and argues that some Chicano and Chicana artists and activists living and working in Los Angeles articulated a more inclusive conception of Chicano cultural identity that actively challenged and deliberately moved away from previous and oftentimes nationalistic models. Looking at Chicano film, music, literature and poetry, Rodríguez illustrates some of the novel approaches Chicano and Chicana artists discursively undertook in expressing a Chicanismo unbound from the barrio or American southwest; what he sees as examples of Chican@ “globarriological” texts. Rodríguez shows how art and popular culture from Los Angeles’ largest transnational demographic has both reflected and responded to global political, economic, and cultural restructurings taking place in the US and abroad. Illustrating how Mexican American cultural productions function as social documents delineating the fluidity of race, gender, and ethnicity inside and outside the US, his work contributes to recent scholarship on American studies, Mexican American studies, Ethnic studies, Mexican American literature, Popular Culture studies, Media studies, and Globalization studies.