Gutiérrez-Jones, Carl

Professor Emeritus


B.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Cornell University

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has taught since 1990. He served as department Chair from 2001-2004. He is currently the Director of the Center for Chicano Studies at UCSB. He pursued his undergraduate degree in English and American literature at Stanford University and his Ph.D at Cornell University. His interests include American studies; Chicano studies; contemporary fiction; critical race studies and the culture of human rights. He is the author of Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric, and Injury (2001), Rethinking the Borderlands: Between Chicano Narrative and Legal Discourse (1995), as well as numerous articles on literature, film, legal studies and cultural theory. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2000-2005). Professor Gutiérrez-Jones is currently at work on a book that examines the literature of human rights.



UCEN balcony overlooking the lagoon

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(805) 893-4622


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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


American Literature

Research Interests: 

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Human Rights Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Trauma Studies


Articles & Chapters: 

"Paranoid Designs: Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child and "The Squalor of the Truth." Forthcoming, Concentric.

"Encyclopedic Arc: Gravity's Rainbow and Ephraim Chambers' Cyclopaedia." Forthcoming, Pynchon Notes.

"Humor, Literacy and Trauma in Chicano Culture." Comparative Literature Studies, Vol 40, No. 2 (2003): 112-126.

Colorblindness and Acting Out,” In The Futures of American Studies (Eds. Donald Pease and Robyn Wiegman) Duke University Press, (2002): 248-265.

"Contracting Chicano Culture," Journal of American Studies 12 (Fall 2000): 13-24.

Injury by Design,” Cultural Critique 40 (Fall 1998): 73-102.

"The New Western History: Theory and Trauma in the Work of Patricia Limerick," Arizona Quarterly 53:2 (Summer 1997): 135-153; reprinted in The New Western History: An Assessment Edited by Forrest Robinson (University of Arizona Press, 1998): 135-152.


Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.): 

  • Executive Board Member of informal math and science education project for underserved youth
  • Member, ImaginArte Project (promoting Chicano visual arts scholarship, exhibition and education)
  • Co-director, Chancellor's Working Group on Immigration Issues
  • President, UCSB Faculty Association


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