José A. de la Garza Valenzuela
José A. de la Garza Valenzuela holds a Ph.D. in English from Miami University. Situating his study of gay Chicano fiction at the juncture of legal regulations of queerness and migration, his research interrogates the function of citizenship as a means to define cultural or legal community membership. Analyzing works by John Rechy, Arturo Islas, Rigoberto González, and Jaime Cortez, his work proposes that queer Chicano literature helps us understand citizenship as an ongoing project of cultural and legal compliance by narratively foregrounding the historical regulation of queer and migrant identities. Through critical considerations of legal statutes, his work suggests that regulations of queerness and migration make queer Latinx people subject to citizenship rather than create conditions for the emergence of a legitimate queer citizen subject in the U.S. His research on Arturo Islas has been granted the Frederick A. Cervantes Premio by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Before coming to FAU, he served as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Latina and Latino Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Impossibly Here, Impossibly Queer: Citizenship, Sexuality, and Gay Chicano Fiction and articles focusing on writing by Michael Nava and Jaime Cortez.