By Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

About Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes  is  Associate  Professor of American Culture, Latina/o Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora.


It has been two years since we launched Keywords for Latina/o Studies (2017) and we are heartened by the wonderful response, positive reception, and wide adoption for courses by professors.   Our intent from the beginning was to create a shared dialogue and vocabulary, a site for critical thinking, and to contribute the ongoing project of Latina/o/x Studies. To our amazement this dialogue is happening, and we as the editors, would like to impart what we have learned with you.  In turn, we invite you to let us know how Keywords has assisted you with your teaching, research, and writing.  We welcome critiques and suggestions for improving Keywords.  For example, as we explained in Keywords, there are omissions of terms that we plan to include in future editions. As well, the term Latinx grew in prominence after we had completed the bulk of the project. We understand and agree that the …

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