Carlos Muñoz: Latino Leader and Scholar
Conducted by Nick Garcia in 2002-3, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of
California, Berkeley, 2014.
Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies,
University of California, Berkeley. After 44 years of teaching in higher education, he has
gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist, and public
intellectual. Dr. Muñoz was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department
in the nation in 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding
chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is a
pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of
Chicano/Latino & Ethnic Studies. He is the author of numerous pioneering works on the
Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political
coalitions. His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement won the Gustavus
Myers Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the
United States.” The book was a major resource for the PBS television series Chicano!
History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Muñoz was the senior
consultant for the project and was also featured in the series. The HBO movie, "Walkout"
was based on that series.