Gomez, Jonathan D.

  • Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Studies Advisor, Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Faculty Director and Co-Facilitator, SJSU Culture Counts Reading Series


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology with Emphasis in Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (with Honors), UC Santa Cruz, 2008
  • Transfer Student, Sociology, East Los Angeles College, 2005


Jonathan D. Gomez is a Chicano scholar and poet. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Department of Sociology with an Emphasis in Black Studies. Born and raised in the barrio of City Terrace in East Los Angeles, he credits his first teachers—mother, grandparents, and tías—for nurturing his passion for study and community engagement. At every level of education, he received mentorship, training, and resources that enabled him to become a serious and committed scholar. Gomez's book project, El Barrio Lindo: Chicanx and Latinx Social Space in Forgotten Places of Postindustrial Los Angeles examines the ways in which people who have been dispossessed and displaced envision and enact cultural practices to take possession of concrete spaces across the city as strategies for refusing the unlivable destinies to which they have been relegated.

At San José State University, Dr. Gomez teaches courses in race, space, and creative and cultural expression, and directs and facilitates the Culture Counts Readings Series.

Dr. Gomez holds a 2021-2022 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCSC Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.