Chávez's work intersects Chicano/a, Latino/a, and Borderlands History. He examines the history of the American Southwest, focusing on the matrix of race, class and sexuality throughout the ethnic Mexican and Latino American past. In 2002, the University of California Press published his book,Mi Raza Primero! (My People First): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978. He recently completed his second book for Bedford/St. Martin's Culture and History Series on the U.S. Mexico War. Chávez's next project is the critical biography of silent film actor Ramón Novarro tentatively titled "Crossing the Boundaries of Race, Religion, and Desire: The Life of Ramón Novarro. His work has been published in journals such as The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Pacific Historical Review, and American Quarterly.
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