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Please help us in giving Dr. Kate Vieira a warm welcome to the Chican@ and Latino Studies Program! We are excited to have her join our program and are looking forward to her work with students. 



I am associate professor in the English Department, in the program in Composition and Rhetoric, where I research and teach about immigration and literacy. My research spans the United States, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, where I work with immigrants, transnational families, and community organizations. One central question drives my research and teaching: What are the consequences of literacy for the lives of ordinary people across the globe?

My first book, American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy, examines how papers--visas, passports, and Greencards--shape immigrants' access to upward mobility in two Portuguese-speaking Latino/a communities (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). It won honorable mention in the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English/CCCC Outstanding Book competition. My next book, Writing for Love and Money: How Migration Drives Literacy Learning in Transnational Families, tells the story of how families separated across borders write--and learn new ways of writing--for both love and money (under contract, Oxford University Press). My other projects investigate the conditions under which writing can heal, empower, and promote peace, especially in marginalized communities. 

I am delighted to be a part of the program in Chican@/Latin@ Studies. You can read more about my research and teaching on my website:

More Faculty News

  • Dr. Michael Light has formally accepted a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Sociology and Chican@/Latin@ Studies! He recently published an article on Latino immigration and crime. The CLS Program welcomes you!
  • Dr. Ruben Medina was recently featured in an article with Capital Times titled, Rubén Medina lives a life with poetry at the center.