Professor of History and Department Chair
Latin America, Brazil, Gender, Chicana/o History
Degrees: B.A. CSU Northridge; M.A. UCLA; Ph.D. UCLA
Selected Research: co-ed. Brazil in the Making: Facets of Brazilian National Identity, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006; (authored chapter, "Forging Future Citizens in Brazilian Public Schools, 1937-1945"); "Envisioning Women in Latin American History" (under contract Rowman & Littlefield); "Commemorating Cesar E. Chavez as a Locus of Latino Identity," article manuscript in progress.
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.