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Tatcho Mindiola

Tatcho Mindiola

Associate Professor

Phone: (713)743-3136
Office: 323 Agnes Arnold Hall


Ph.D. Sociology, Brown University
M.A. Sociology, University of Houston
B.A. Business Administration, University of Houston.


Professor Mindiola is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Houston.  Professor Mindiola’s research, publications, and teaching areas are in race relations, with particular emphasis upon Mexican Americans. His current research deals with the relationship between Mexican and African Americans, a study of a interaction in a Mexican American cantina and the analysis of conflict and consensus in dreams.   Professor Mindiola is also a political and social analyst and has appeared on various television programs and written a number of editorials for VIVA Magazine and the Houston Chronicle.

As the Director of CMAS, Dr. Mindiola is credited for developing it into one of the premiere academic programs of its type in the country. Under his direction, the center has developed a minor in Mexican American Studies, a visiting scholar’s program, research and graduate fellowships, leadership training, academic advising, community service, and a recruitment and retention component. The Center also publishes the University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies and sponsors conferences and speakers on campus.

Research Interests

  • JBs: A Mexican American Cantina
  • Chicano Dreams: Conflict and Consensus

Graduate Courses

  • Reading in Race Relations
  • Reading in Mexican American Studies
  • Readings in Ethnography

Undergraduate Courses

  • Race Relations Thru Film Mexican
  • American Experience Thru Film
  • Hispanics in Houston

Selected Publications

  • Mindiola, Tatcho and Emilio Zamora, eds. 1992. Chicano Discourse. Houston, TX: National Association for Chicano Studies.
  • Mindiola, Tatcho, Yolanda Flores Niemann, and Nestor Rodriguez. 2002. Black-Brown Relations and Stereotypes. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
  • Mindiola, Tatcho. 2005. "Chicano Studies: On the Margins or Part of the Academy." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 18(2): 235-242.
  • Mindiola, Tatcho. 2006. "Should We Open the Southern U.S. Border to Immigration." In Controversial Issues in Social Policy, edited by Howard Krager, James Midgley, Peter Kindle and C. Brene Brown. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, Boston.
  • Mindiola, Tatcho. Forthcoming. "Book Review: 'I know It's Dangerous': Why Mexicans Risk Their Lives to Cross the Border by Lynnaire M. Sheridan. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press (2009)." Contemporary Sociology.
  • Mindiola, Tatcho and Nestor Rodriguez. Forthcoming. "African Americans and Latinos in Houston: Intergroup Perceptions and Relations." In Beyond Conflict or Cooperation: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States: Shared Fates? Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.



  • Member, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Committee
  • Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Award
  • Member, National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Houston
  • Ally Award, Center for the Healing of Racism, for research on Black-Brown Relations