Jack Caraves

Jackie Caraves

Jack Caraves

Assistant Professor

Cohort 2012-13

Email: jack.caraves@sjsu.edu


Jack is a gender non-conforming queer Latinx activist scholar who was born and raised in East Hollywood in Los Angeles. Jack received their B.A. in Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2010. While at UCSC, Jack studied abroad at La Universidad de Chile, Santiago, and also participated in the University of California’s, Washington D.C. Visitors Program. In 2014, Jack received their M.A. in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA and currently, titled “Latinas Straddling the Prison Pipeline through Gender (Non) Conformity” which analyses the ways in which four Latinas are criminalized for their gender transgression in the inside and outside of the juvenile justice system.

Since 2015, they have been working closely with the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization dedicated to the improvement of quality of life for all Trans Latinxs. In 2016, together with the president of TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby Salcedo, they released the report “The State of Trans Health: Trans Latin@s and their Healthcare Needs,” to bring visibility of Trans Latinxs in Southern California. Jack’s dissertation work centered on the experiences of Trans and gender non-conforming Latinxs and the role of family and spirituality in serving as spaces of empowerment and resistance. Jack earned their Ph.D. in 2019. Today, they hold work at San José State University as an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in the Dept of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.


  • PhD, Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA (2019)
  • MA, Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)
  • BA, Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics, UC Santa Cruz (2010)


  • Research focuses on the experiences of Trans and gender non-conforming Latinxs in Los Angeles and how their social location shapes their relationship to themselves, families, communities, and the state while centering their resilience.

Selected Publications

  • Caraves, J., and B. Salcedo. 2020. “Validation Through Documentation: Integrating Activism, Research & Scholarship to Highlight (Validate) Trans Latin@ Immigrant Lives.” In Queer Migrations 2: Illegalization, Detention and Deportation, edited by K. Chavez, E. Luibheid, and J. Salgado.
  • Caraves, J. 2018. “Straddling the Prison Pipeline as a Latina Lesbian.” Journal of LGBT Youth 15, no. 1: 52–69. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2017.1395308.


  • Teaching Fellow
    • Queer Deviant Bodies: Migration the Border and Making Home, Winter 2018
    • Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: Social Issues and Contemporary Conditions, Summer 2017
  • Mentor and Facilitator for courses designed for Graduate Research Mentorship Programs in AAP
    • Summer Graduate Prep, Summer 2016
    • McNair Scholars Program: Interdisciplinary Research Methods & Community Research, 2015–2016
  • Teaching Assistant/Associate
    • Introduction to Sociology, Spring 2018
    • Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: History and Culture, (CCS 10A), Fall 2013, -Fall 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2017
    • Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, (LGBTQS 114/GENDER 114, Fall 2016
    • Border Consciousness (CCS 152), Spring 2017
    • Mestizaje: History of Diverse Racial/Cultural Roots of Mexico, (CCS 134) Summer 2013, Winter 2017
    • Theoretical Concepts in Chicana/o Studies, (CCS 101), Spring 2014
    • Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: Social Structures, Contemporary Conditions, (CCS 10B, Winter 2014)