College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Jorge E. MoragaJorge E. Moraga

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)

Jorge taught CES 209, Hip Hop Around the Globe, during spring 2015. He has taught CES 151, Intro to Chicano/Latino Studies, and CES 101, Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies, in previous semesters.

Jorge's dissertation, "The Browning of American Sport: Celebrating, Containing, and Challenging 'Embodied Communities,'" is an interdisciplinary examination between North American sport, Latinos, and US-American mediated culture. Specifically, Jorge applies social theory and critical historiography to explore the ways the browned-athletic body adapts, maneuvers, negotiates, and ruptures popular conceptions of race (brownness), class (consumer citizenship), gender (Latina/o performativities), and nationality (the browning of America) into the 21st century.

In addition to teaching and research, Jorge serves as the graduate student representative for the department's American studies graduate program; was a WSU GPSA Senator for the 2013–2015 academic years; and a previous cochair of CAMARADAS, the Chicana/o Latina/o graduate professional student association. As a fourth-year graduate student in CCGRS, Jorge has been blessed to work with a remarkable faculty who has prompted him to receive numerous awards from the WSU Graduate School. Most recently, Jorge was selected as a 2015 Smithsonian Fellow through the Latino Museum Studies Program, and he was a 2014–15 AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc.

Born and raised in the 8-one-8 (San Fernando Valley, CA), Jorge grew up listening (and singing) to Spanish-Christian hymns, imagining going pro with the Seattle Supersonics, and getting into trouble for spiking his hair with Aqua Net while rocking to Iron Maiden. If Jorge had not found his passion in research, teaching, and writing, he might very well still be playing Nintendo and watching reruns of I Love Lucy, guilty pleasures he holds dear to this day.

Research Interests

  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
  • Cultural Politics of Sport
  • Latina/os in the Media
  • Racialization, Political Economy, and Cultural Citizenship 
  • Chicana and Latina Feminism
  • Immigration, Neoliberalism, and Social Movements


Book Chapters
  • Moraga, Jorge E. "'I Pledge Allegiance to (American) Football . . . One World . . . Under Capitalism': Exploring the Origins, Evolution and Implications of a Globalized NFL," in edited collection by David J. Leonard, Kimberly George, and Wade David (under revision).
Media/Book Reviews
  • Moraga, Jorge E. Filming Latino Brownness in American Sport and History: media review of Disney's McFarland U.S.A. and PBS's "Latino Americans" (submitted to Latino Studies).
  • Moraga, Jorge E. Latinos in the End Zone: Conversations on the Brown Color Line (2014) by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González in Sociology of Sport Journal (forthcoming).
  • Moraga, Jorge E. Streetsmart Schoolsmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Adolescent Boys by Gilberto Conchas and James Diego Vigil. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 38:2 (Fall 2013), pp. 281–285.
Encyclopedia Entries
  • Moraga, Jorge E., "Multiculturalism" in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory by Wiley Blackwell, edited by Bryan S. Turner (forthcoming).
  • King, C. Richard and Jorge E. Moraga, "Sport and Ethnicity," in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology 2nd ed. Edited by George Ritzer (forthcoming).
  • King, C. Richard and Jorge E. Moraga, "Postcolonialism and Sport" in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology 2nd ed. Edited by George Ritzer (forthcoming).
In-progress Publications
  • Invited book chapter for The "Crucified People" of Sports History: Latino/a Perspectives. Edited by Roberto Sirvent and Rebecca Chabot.

Selected Presentations

  • Moraga, Jorge E. "(Re) Imagining Violence and Empowerment in 'Lucha Underground’: Performances of Gender, Race, and Sexuality through 21st century Luchadoras," roundtable presentation for the 2015 Roundtable on Latina Feminism at John Carroll University at Cleveland, OH, May 1-2, 2015.
  • Moraga, Jorge E. "'Esto es Awesome!’ The Browning of the American Sporting Gaze through Lucha Underground" conference paper for the 10th Annual AAHHE 2015 Conference at Frisco, TX, March 12, 2015.
  • "La Noche del Cougador: Colorblind Racism and the Politics of Higher Edutainment," conference paper for the 2014 National Association Ethnic Studies at Mills College at Oakland, CA, April 3–5, 2014.

Selected Workshops

  • "Intro to Chican@-Latin@ Studies 101: Finding Community, Building Resistance" with Luis Cortes, J.D. Workshop presented for the annual CASHE 2014 conference at Washington State University, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • "Breakin' the norm: Chicano/Latino males resisting the school to prison pipeline" with Edmundo M. Aguilar, PhD student. Workshop presented for the annual CASHE 2013 conference at Washington State University, Nov. 9, 2013.
  • "Tracing Chican@ WSU History" with Linda Heidenreich, Ph.D. and Lizeth Gutierrez and Veronica Sandoval, PhD graduate students. Workshop presented at the Freedom School: The Movement Is Not Dead at Washington State University, Sept. 28, 2013.

Contact Mr. Moraga
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