Luz Calvo Faculty Profile

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Luz  Calvo


Department of Ethnic Studies

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
—Audre Lorde

Luz Calvo received their PhD in the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz also holds an MA in Political Science (UCLA) and AB in Politics (Princeton University). Dr. Calvo teaches courses in Latino/a Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Food Justice, and Ethnic Studies. Their current research focuses on decolonization. 

Dr. Calvo, along with their partner, Dr. Catriona R. Esquibel (SFSU), is the author of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant Based Recipes for Health and Healing (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015).

You can follow the "Decolonize Your Diet" project on Facebook, Twitter (Luz Calvo), Instagram (luzcalvo12), or Pinterest (Luz Calvo). 

  • Food Justice
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Visual Culture
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Latino/a Culture

  • A.B., Politics, Princeton University
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
Spring Semester 2024
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
ES 32701Decolonize Your DietARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus

Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Recipes for Health and Healing. Co-authored with Catriona Rueda EsquibelArsenal Pulp Press, 2015. 

Decolonize Your Diet: A Manifesto.” Co-authored with Catriona Rueda Esquibelnineteen sixty nine: an Ethnic Studies Journal. Volume 1, Issue 2. 2013. 

“Our Queer Kin.” Co-authored with Catriona Rueda EsquibelGay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, Eds. Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martinez. Duke University Press, 2011 [Winner, 2012 Lambda Literary Awards, LGBT Anthology category]

 “Latina Lesbians, BiMujeres, and Trans Identities: Charting Courses in the Social Sciences,” co-authored with Catriona Rueda Esquibel. Latina/o Sexualities, Marysol Ascencio, ed. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010, 217-229.

Review of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities by Laura Pérez; Gender on the Borderlands: The Frontiers Reader, edited by Antonia Castañeda et al; and Relocating Identities in Latin American Cultures, edited by Elizabeth Montes Garcés. Book review co-authored with Catriona Rueda Esquibel. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 34:1, Autumn 2008, 218-222.

 “Racial Fantasies and the Primal Scene of Miscegenation.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Volume 56, No. 1, February 2008, 44-58.

 “Embodied at the Shrine of Cultural Disjuncture.” Beyond the Frame: Women of Color and Visual Representation. Eds. Angela Y. Davis and Neferti X. Tadiar. New York: Palgrave Press, 2005, 207-218.

“Art Comes for the Archbishop: The Semiotics of Contemporary Chicana Feminism and the Work of Alma Lopez.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Vol. 5 No. 1, Autumn 2004, 201-224.

“‘Lemme Stay, I Want to Watch’: Ambivalence in Borderlands Cinema.” Latina/o Popular Culture, edited by Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero. New York: New York University Press, 2002, 73-84. 

Contributor, Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, General Editors. New York: Oxford University Press. [Entries on Transgender, Alma Lopez, and Laura Aguilar.] 2005.