Debates over the meaning and use of the term “Latinx” highlight the complex set of processes that shape ethnoracial categories in the United States. This moderated panel features experts from diverse fields who will discuss the history and evolution of the Latinx category; the meaning and importance of Latinx as an ethnoracial category and identity in the United States; and new directions for research, policy, and activism.
This virtual event features a panel with Graciela Mochkofsky, G. Cristina Mora, and Jens Manuel Krogstad.
Sponsored by the Latinx | Latin American Race & Ethnicity Research Unit.
Graciela Mochkofsky is the Latino Media Initiative Director of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in February. She joined in 2016 as the first director of its Bilingual Journalism Program. She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Community Media.
A native of Argentina, she is a winner of the 2018 Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding reporting across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mochkofsky has worked as a professional journalist in South America and the U.S. She is currently a contributing writer to The New Yorker.
She was a political correspondent with La Nación in Argentina, has been a columnist and blogger for El País in Spain, and a contributor to publications in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S., including The California Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker online, and The Paris Review blog.
She is the author of six nonfiction books in Spanish, two of them about the relationship between press and political power in her home country. Her forthcoming book, The Prophet of the Andes, about a Peruvian Catholic community that converted to Orthodox Judaism and emigrated to the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, will be published in English by Knopf.
G. Cristina Mora is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies (by courtesy) and the Co-Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses mainly on questions of census racial classification, immigration, and racial politics in the United States. Her first book, Making Hispanics, was published by the University of Chicago Press and provides the first historical account of the rise of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. Mora has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including the “Best Dissertation Award” and the “Early Career Award” from American Sociological Association.
Her work has also been the subject of various national media segments in venues like the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and NPR. In April of 2020, she helped to oversee the largest survey on Covid-19 and racial disparities in California and published some of the state’s first briefs and academic articles on the subject. She is currently working on her next book, California Color Lines, (w. T. Paschel) which examines contemporary racial attitudes and politics in California.
Besides her monographs, Mora has published over a dozen articles in venues like the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Latino Studies, and the Du Bois Review. In 2020 Mora received the “Graduate Mentoring Award” from the Academic Senate, and in 2022 she received the “Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Equity and Inclusion” at UC Berkeley.
Jens Manuel Krogstad is a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center. He has authored or edited hundreds of studies on topics that include global migration, Latino public opinion, Hispanic demographic trends and U.S. border enforcement. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Krogstad spent nine years as a reporter at newspapers such as The Des Moines Register and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
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