Multicultural & Diversity Faculty Director
Social Sciences and Humanities
Areas of Interest
Latina/o Studies and Queer Cultural History
James Estrella’s research interests include affect theory, urban studies, critical race feminism, queer of color cultural history, archival practices, learning disability theory, and Chicana/o and Latina/o literature. His current dissertation project “Que(r)er: Latina/o Cultural Politics of Race, Space, and Love” examines how queer of color cultural producers are conceptualizing a set of systematic relations between race, forms of romantic love and spatiotemporal politics in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno. Drawing from women of color feminists and affect theorists, he argues that contemporary theorizations of “love” in queer Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural production are connected to knowing/feeling how race is inscribed into the built environment. As a former special education teacher, James is also interested in recuperating representational histories of non-normative learning by artists and writers of color. This is reflected in his scholarship, teaching, and mentorship commitments. He is currently a teaching fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.