February 23, 2021
“The NACCS Scholar Award is a recognition of work – publications, pedagogical, leadership praxis, and personal commitment, Dr. Méndez-Negrete exemplifies this quality among the professoriate of NACCS. Dr. Méndez-Negrete has supported many junior scholars who have benefitted from her tireless work assisting in writing and publishing articles, book chapters, and books. Dr. Méndez-Negrete earned her accolades and successful transitions in academia with blood, sweat, tears, perspicacity, tenacity and true grit. As a Professor Emerita she continues to draw on her passion focusing on her press, Conocimientos – where she is publishing women who theorize and tell their stories of struggle and survival. She continues to support students in their academic pursuits, and her colleagues by example to be best mentors.
The nomination of Dr. Méndez-Negrete was received from the Northern California Foco with letters of support from the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and the Rocky Mountain focos. While she is a native of northern California she is fully embedded as an activist scholar in Texas. Her selection as NACCS scholar celebrate her multi-regional contributions which are truly embodied and celebrated as recognition for her life’s work.” —The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
Josie Méndez-Negrete is the author of Activist Leaders of San José, which unearths and makes visible lived experiences of Chicana and Latino activists from San José, California, who made contributions to the cultural and civic life of the city. Through oral histories, we see a portrait of grassroots leadership in the twentieth century.