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  • School of Transborder Studies

Lee Bebout's expertise is in critical race theory. He's able to speak on issues of race, gender, ethnicity, immigration and politics.

Bebout's articles have appeared in Aztlán, MELUS, Latino Studies, and other journals. His book, "Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies" (2011), examines how narratives of myth and history were deployed to articulate political identity in the Chicano movement and postmovement era. His second book, "Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White" (2016), examines how representations of Mexico, Mexicans, and Mexican Americans have been used to foster whiteness and Americanness, or more accurately whiteness as Americanness. His co-edited collection, "Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom" (2019) explores how attitudes about race have produced pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities.

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