Professor Aranda has a joint appointment with the departments of English and Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies and has written articles on early U.S. criticism, 19th-century Mexican American literature, and the future of Chicano/a studies. His first book, When We Arrive: A New Literary History of Mexican America (2003), is available from the University of Arizona Press. He has also begun work on his next book, tentatively titled The Places of Modernity in Mexican American Literature, 1848–1960. Nationally, he sits on the board of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He is an active member of the MLA Chicana and Chicano Literature Division. He is a founding member of Chicano Leadership Rice, an organization made up of faculty and staff at Rice University interested in the advancement of Chicano and Latino issues on campus and throughout the city. He teaches courses in Chicano/a literature and 19th- and 20th-century U.S. literature.
Professor Aranda is the recipient of the 2017 Presidential Mentoring Award as well as the 2017 Graduate Student Teaching/Mentoring Award.
José Aranda served as Magister of Baker College from 2004-2010 and then as Magister of Brown College from 2013-2018.
Chicano/a and American literature
Ph.D., American Literature, Brown University, 1995
M.A., American Literature, Brown University, 1988
B.A., English Literature, Yale University, 1984