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Dr. Lisa Marie Cacho

Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Asian American Studies, Affiliate of English and Gender & Women's Studies

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  • Address: Department of Latina/Latino Studies
    1207 W. Oregon Street, M/C 136
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)265-0338
  • Email: lcacho@illinois.edu

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Biography

Lisa Cacho's scholarship interrogates the ways in which human value is both ascribed and denied relationally along racial, gendered, sexual, national, and spatial lines.

Research Description

Lisa Cacho's work demonstrates how race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and legality work interdependently to assign human value and to render relations of inequality normative, natural, and obvious in both dominant and oppositional discourses. To understand how the rhetoric and discourse of value are both institutionalized and popularized to devastating effect, she analyzes a range of sources, such as ballot measures ascribing “illegality” to persons, legal provisions targeting “criminal aliens,” court documents evaluating degrees of “guilt,” and related media accounts that manage and make sense of racial contradictions. Her book, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (NYU press, 2012) examines the ways in which representations of race and race relations mediate how we affectively and intellectually apprehend criminal justice and civil/human rights.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • comparative race and ethnic studies
  • criminalization and immigration
  • women of color feminism and queer of color critique

Education

  • BA Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1996
  • BA Literature/Writing, University of California, San Diego, 1996
  • MA Ethnic Studies, University of Califronia, San Diego, 1998
  • PhD Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2002

Distinctions / Awards

  • John Hope Franklin Award for Best Book in American Studies, 2013
  • Department of Latina/Latino Studies Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011
  • Outstanding Asian American Faculty/Staff Award, 2010

Courses

  • Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies (LLS 100)
  • Theory and Methods in LLS (LLS 385)
  • U.S. Citizenship Comparatively (AAS 215, AIS 295, AFRO 215, LLS 215, GWS 215)
  • Race, Sex, "Deviance" (LLS 465, AAS 465, AFRO 465, GWS 465)
  • Introduction to Asian American Studies (AAS 100)

Publications

Books

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    Cacho, Lisa M. Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

Book Contributions

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "Racialized Hauntings of the Devalued Dead." Strange Affinities: The Sexual and Gender Politics of Comparative Racialization. Ed. Grace K. Hong and Roderick A. Ferguson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. 25-52.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "The Rights of Respectability: Ambivalent Allies, Reluctant Rivals, and Disavowed Deviants." Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship. Ed. Rachel I. Buff. New York: New York University Press, 2008. 190-206.

Journal Articles

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "‘If I turn into a boy, I don’t think I want huevos’: Reassessing Racial Masculinities in What Night Brings." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 18.1 (2012): 71-85.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "But Some of Us Are Wise: Academic Illegitimacy and the Affective Value of Ethnic Studies." The Black Scholar 40.4 (2010): 28-36.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "'You Just Don't Know How Much He Meant': Death, Deviancy, and Devaluation." Latino Studies 5.2 (2007): 182-208.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "(Review Essay) Situating Space in Local and Global Struggles: Review Essay of Spaces of Hope by David Harvey, Barrio Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature and Culture by Raúl Homero Villa, and Landscapes of Desire: Anglo Mythologies of Los Angeles by William Alexander McClung." American Quarterly 53.2 (2001): 377-385.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. "'The People of California Are Suffering’: The Ideology of White Injury in Discourses of Immigration." Cultural Values 4.4 (2000): 389-418.

Reviews

  • Cacho, Lisa M. Rev. of Arresting Images: Crime and Policing in Front of the Television Camera by Aaron DoyleCanadian Journal of Law and Society 20.1 (2003): 12-20.

  • Cacho, Lisa M. Rev. of Hunger by Samantha Lan Chang and The Barbarians Are Coming by David Wong LouieJournal of Asian American Studies 3.3 (2000): 378-382.