Professor Genaro Padilla

Resident Faculty, Clark Kerr

Professor Genaro Padilla

gpadilla@berkeley.edu | 510.642.9517

"I want you to feel comfortable with us as faculty members and individuals who can provide guidance in your academic development and personal lives."

Ask me about: 20th century literature, California multicultural literature, Mexican American/Chicano literature

Professor Genaro Padilla joined the UC Berkeley English Department faculty in 1987. Professor Padilla is one of the leading scholars of Mexican-American and Chicano/a literature in the United States and has written extensively on Latino culture and literature and on the American Southwest. Professor Padilla's other research interests include 20th Century literature and art. He is currently working on a project that considers 20th century Chicano/Latino art in correspondence with American and European modernism.

Professor Padilla has received numerous awards, including the Premio Critical Nueva Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Literary Scholarship; the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; the University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities; the William Kimball Rice Fellowship at Stanford University Humanities Center. Dr. Padilla has authored and edited numerous books, including 1) My History, Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography, 2) Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, 3) Power, Race and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower? 4) Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies and Discourse and 5) The Daring Flight of my Pen.

From 1995 to 2006 he served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, he then served for two years as Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Sciences and is now serving as Chairman of the Berkeley English Department.