¡Celebremos! A JHUP Journals Hispanic Heritage month reading list

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This is a time to celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation was born in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. 

The celebration starting day of September 15 is significant, because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

From public health to literature, religion to colonial history, here is a sampling of just a few of the many JHUP Journal articles that examine the Hispanic American experience from many different lenses.

The Lens of Latinx Literature
Marilisa Jiménez García 
Children's Literature, Volume 47, 2019


The Queer Migrant Poemics of #Latinx Instagram
Urayoán Noel
New Literary History, Volume 50, Number 4, Autumn 2019

Cesar Chavez in American Religious Politics: Mapping the New Global Spiritual Line
Luis D. León 
American Quarterly, Volume 59, Number 3, September 2007


"They Don't Even Know that We Exist": Exploring Sense of Belonging Within Sorority and Fraternity Communities for Latina/o Members
Crystal E. Garcia
Journal of College Student Development, Volume 60, Number 3, May-June 2019


Assessing Health Concerns and Barriers in a Heterogeneous Latino Community
Iveris L. Martinez and Olivia Carter-Pokras
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 17, Number 4, November 2006


Insights from Heritage Language Students for Online Spanish Classes
Pamela Anderson-Mejías
Hispania, Volume 101, Number 3, September 2018


New Perspectives in Latin American Women’s and Gender History
Sarah C. Chambers
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2003


“Old Stock” Tamales and Migrant Tacos: Taste, Authenticity, and the Naturalization of Mexican Food
Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Social Research: An International Quarterly, Volume 81, Number 2, Summer 2014


Teaching and producing Latina/o and Latin American plays in US colleges and universities
Jorge Huerta
Theatre Journal, Volume 56, Number 3, October 2004


Promises Are Over: Puerto Rico and the Ends of Decolonization 
Alyosha Goldstein 
Theory & Event, Volume 19, Issue 4, 2016


Between Dixie and Aztlan
Daniel Chacon
Callaloo, Volume 24, Number 1, Winter 2001


Mobile Hybridism: The Mexican American Generation and Mexican American Music in Los Angeles
Marc Simon Rodriguez
Reviews in American History, Volume 39, Number 3, September 2011


Restoring the People: Reclaiming Indigenous Spirituality in Contemporary Curanderismo
Brett Hendrickson 
Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2014