Dr. Norma Chinchilla, Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Norma Chinchilla, Professor


Main Courses:

  • Soc 317/I/St 317 Problems of International Social Conflict
  • Soc 318/I/ST 318 Case Studies in International Social Conflict

Research Interests:

  • Immigration Policies; Central American Immigration to the U.S.
  • Latin American Social Movements, particularly women’s and feminist movements
  • The Relationship of Feminism to Marxism
  • Social and Economic Change in Latin America
  • Political Economy and Modes of Production (Latin America focus)


  • B.A. Raymond College, University of Pacific
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Selected publications:

  • (with Nora Hamilton), “Identity Formation Among Central American Americans,” Center for Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California, November 2013.
  • Guatemalans and Guatemalan Americans, 1940-present.” Elliott Robert Barkan, ed., Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration, ABC-CLIO, 2013:vol. 2, 963-973.
  • Zentgraf, Kristine M. and Norma Stoltz Chinchilla. 2012. “Transnational Family Separation: A Framework for Analysis.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38 (2).
  • (with Kristine Zentgraf) “Madres mexicanas que emigran: motivos, contextos, costos y beneficios” in Manuela Camus, editor, En torno a la migración,la pobreza y el género., Universidad de Guadalajara: Guadalajara, Mexico, 2012:41-69
  • Aura Marina Arriola, Obstinate Survivor: The Contributions and Challenges of a Guatemalan Revolutionary Woman (1960s-1990s),” in Ana Lorena Carrillo y Cathereen Colters Illescas, eds., Las Huellas del Yo: Memoria Y Subjetividad En La Escritura De Mujeres Latinoamericanas, Buap Benemerita Universidad Autonoma De Puebla, 2011:243-258.
  • Central American Americans,” Lynn Dumenil, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • (with Ana Lorena Carrillo) “From Urban Elite to Peasant Organizing: Agendas, Accomplishments, and challenges of Thirty-plus Years of Guatemalan Feminism” in Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship, Elizabeth Maier and Nathalie Lebon, editors, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2010.
  • (with Nora Hamilton and James Loucky), “The Sanctuary Movement and Central American Activism in Los Angeles,” Latin American PerspectivesNovember 2009;    vol. 36, 6: pp. 101-126.
  • (with Liesl Haas) “De Protesta a Propuesta: Feminism in Latin America,” Latin America After Neo-Liberalism: Turning the Tide in the 21st Century? Eric Hershberg and Fred Rosen, New York: New Press, 2007.
  • Central Americans: Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans,” in Mary Waters and Reed Ueda, eds., The New Americans, Harvard University Press, 2007
  • (with Ana Lorena Carrillo), “De Feminina Sapiens a Kaq’la: 30 años de Feminismo en Guatemala,” in Elizabeth Maier and Nathalie Lebon, editors, De lo Privado a lo público: 30 años de lucha ciudadana de las mujeres,   Mexico, D.F.:Siglo XXI Editores, 2006
  • (with Nora Hamilton) “Globalization, International Migration, and Transnationalism: Some Observations Based on the Central American Experience,” in Richard P. Appelbaum and William T. Robinson, eds., Critical Globalization Studies, Routledge, 2005.
  • (with Nora Hamilton) “Central Americans in the United States: Diverse Populations, Changing Communities,” in David G. Gutierrez, ed. The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960, Columbia University Press, 2004
  • (with seven other authors) “Encountering Latin American and Caribbean Feminisms”. SIGNS, Fall 2002.
  • (with Nora Hamilton) Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles, Temple University Press, 2001.
  • Doing Business: Central American Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles,” in Asian and Latin Immigration in a Restructuring Economy: The Metamorphosis of Los Angeles, edited by David R. Diaz and Marta Lopez-Garza, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • Nuestras Utopias: Mujeres Guatemaltecas del Siglo XX (Our Utopias: Guatemalan Women of the XX Century), published by Editorial Terra Magma and Agrupacion de Mujeres Tierra Viva, Guatemala City, 1998. 517 pages.
  • A LAP Memoir,” Latin American Perspectives, Issue 103, Vol. 25 No.6, November 1998:38-41.
  • Mobilizing Women: Revolution in the Revolution,” Latin American Perspectives
    Vol. 4, No. 4 (autumn, 1977), pp. 82-102.
  • (with Nora Hamilton) “Ambiguous Identities: Central Americans in Southern California,” Chicano/Latino Research Center, University of California at Santa Cruz, working paper No. 40, 1997.
  • (with Nora Hamilton) “Negotiating Urban Space: Latina Workers in Domestic Work and Street Vending in Los Angeles,” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, vol. 22, no. 1, 1996, pp. 25-35.
  • Nationalism, Feminism, and Revolution in Central America,” in Feminist Nationalisms, edited by Lois West, Boulder, Col. Westview Press, 1996.
  • (with Nora Hamilton) “Global Economic Restructuring and International Migration: Some Observations Based on the Mexican and Central American Experience,” International Migration, vol. xxiv no. 2, 1996, pp. 195-227.
  • Revolutionary Popular Feminism in Transition in Nicaragua: 1979-1994” in Women in the Latin American Development Process, edited by Chris Bose and Edna Acosta Belen, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1995.

Selected Awards:

  • Julian Samora Lifetime Achievement Award given to Norma Chinchilla by Latina/o Section of the American Sociological Association August 2016.
  • First Annual Immigration Scholar Activist Award (co-recipient with Nora Hamilton), USC Dornsife Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California, February 26, 2014.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Central American Studies given by the Lozano-Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin February 2012.
  • Award for Best Book in Race/Ethnicity, Politics and Globalization (in Los Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans Angeles, co-recipient with Nora Hamilton) from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics section of the American Political Science Association. August 2002.
  • First Annual Adelante! Award (co-recipient with Nora Hamilton) from the Salvadoran-American Education and Leadership Fund presented to outstanding individuals who have contributed to the development and empowerment of the Central American community in the United States through their literary, scholarly or artistic work and who have inspired upcoming generations to persevere, March 14, 2007.
  • Award for Best Book in Race/Ethnicity, Politics and Globalization (in Los Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans Angeles, co-recipient with Nora Hamilton) from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics section of the American Political Science Association. August 2002.
  • CSULB Faculty Community Service Award given for research and academic expertise put in the service of community groups, agencies and individuals. This includes serving as an expert witness in immigration court, lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform, and serving as a consultant to a feminist organization in Guatemala. May 10, 200
  • CSULB Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Activity Achievement Award (one of four awards for 1996-1997).
  • Yosano Akiko Award (for Heroism and Service), Friends of Women’s Studies, 1994.

Selected Lectures and Presentations:

  • “Migraciones forzadas, fronteras múltiples y violencias” Invited Lecture, Inaugural session, SEPMIG, September 30, 2016. Colegio de la Frontera, Norte Tijuana, conference on “Forced Migrations, Multiple Borders, & Violence” 
  • Selected Professional and Community Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (2006-present). Grant writer for LBIRC.
  • Board Member of the Edwin and Dorothy Baker Foundation of Long Beach, CA, a foundation that provides extracurricular, educational, recreational, and leadership development programs to benefit children in Long Beach (2012-present).
  • Founding member and Steering Committee Member of the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community (Summer 2008-2011).
  • Founding Member and Member of the Editorial Board of Latin American Perspectives Journal, 1976-1982; Associate Editor 1982-1996; Honorary editor: 1996-present.
  • Expert Witness on conditions in Guatemala for deportation hearings conducted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now the Department of Homeland Security 1985-present.
  • Consultant, Agrupación de Mujeres “Tierra Viva,” a women’s human rights and social service organization in Guatemala City, Guatemala (1998-2006). Latin American Studies Association. Member, Program Committee 1993; Co‑Chair Women’s Task Force (1987‑90); Co-Chair, Latino/a studies section 2005-2006