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Carmen Nava

Carmen Nava

Professor & Chair Department of History

Office: Markstein Hall 241

Carmen Nava

Carmen Nava earned her Ph. D in Latin American History at UCLA in 1995 and joined the History Department at California State University, San Marcos in 1996. Her research on nationalism, national identity, and gender considers Brazil, comparative Latin America, and the Chicanoa/o experience in the United States. The book Brazil in the Making (Rowman & Littlefield 2006), for which she is lead co-editor and contributing author, features multi-disciplinary work by Brazilian scholars and Brazilianists on Brazilian national identity. In 2007, Brazil in the Making was published in Portuguese by Editora Atica, Brasil: uma identidade em construção. Her current project on “Commemorating Cesar E. Chavez” analyzes patterns of public memory in California public art and memorial pieces. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and has lived in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil.

Professor Nava was awarded the CSUSM President’s Award for Service Leadership 2015-2016.

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1987   BA History, summa cum laude, CSU Northridge

1988   MA Latin American History, UCLA

1995   Ph. D Latin American History, UCLA



Carmen Nava and Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr., eds., Brazil in the Making. Facets of Brazilian National Identity, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

Ludwig Lauerhass and Carmen Nava, organizadores, Brasil: uma identidade em construção, Editora Atica, 2007.


HIST 352 Mexico Past & Present

HIST 355 Women in Latin America

HIST 356 Culture & Identity in Latin America

HIST 359 A History of Brazil


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