Ramón Arturo Gutiérrez

Historian Class of February 1983
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La Jolla, California
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32 at time of award

About Ramón's Work

Ramón Gutiérrez is a cultural historian of colonial Latin America with a particular interest in the Spanish Borderlands, Andean Republics, and Hispanic peoples of the United States.

His research focuses primarily on the history of kinship, marriage, and sexuality in colonial New Mexico, examining changes that occurred in Pueblo Indian culture and social structure as a result of the Spanish conquest.  He is the author of When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 (1991) and co-author of The Drama of Diversity and Democracy (1995), American Pluralism and the College Curriculum (1995), and Liberal Learning and the Arts of Connection for the New Academy (1995).  Gutiérrez is also the co-editor of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage (1993), Festivals and Celebrations in American Ethnic Communities (1995), and Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush (1998).


Gutiérrez is a professor of ethnic studies and of history at the University of California, San Diego, where he is the founding chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Gutiérrez received a B.A. (1972) from the University of New Mexico, and an M.A. (1975) and a Ph.D. (1980) from the University of Wisconsin.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

Published on February 1, 1983

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