Randy Ontiveros teaches and writes about contemporary American literature and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies.
He is the author of the recently published In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement (New York University Press), which studies the literature, theater, music, visual art, and other creative expression of the Chicano civil rights movement. His writings have also appeared in American Quarterly, Latino Studies, and in the edited volume Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Palgrave Macmillan). Some of Ontiveros’s distinctions include a University of Maryland CTE Lilly Fellowship, a 2014 Summer GRB Award, and a University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. In the fall he will be teaching "Literary Maryland," a pioneering class on the poetry, prose, and theater of the Free State. His work shows his dedication to his scholarship and to the work of his students.