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William Calvo-Quirós

Associate Professor, Department of American Culture, Latino Studies, Transcultural Studies


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Curriculum Vitae
  • Ph.D., Industrial Design, Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Ph.D., Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.S.D., Industrial Design, Arizona State University
  • B.S., Industrial Design, Costa Rica Institute of Technology

William A. Calvo-Quirós holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Design from the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University (2011) and a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara (2015). His book Undocumented Saints: The Politics of Migrating Devotions (Oxford University Press, 2022) investigates the migration of “catholic” vernacular devotions and the racial tensions around popular religiosity within the US, as well as the politics of surveillance and control around Latino religiosity.

His other areas of interest include Latinx art and aesthetics, Latinx Popular Culture, Chicana feminist and decolonial methodologies, and the power of love, empathy, and forgiveness to formulate new racial and gender discourses. You can find more about his research and teaching at