Rudy Mondragón

Rudy Mondragón

Graduate Student

Cohort 2016-17

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall

Email: rudym@g.ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Rudy Mondragón is a PhD Candidate in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been featured in ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, CNN, Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, USA Today, El Universal (Mexico), Reforma (Mexico), and written for LA Taco, Remezcla, and We Are Mitu. As an interdisciplinary critical sports scholar, Mondragón examines boxing and the ways in which professional boxers deploy forms of expressive culture in their ring entrances to perform their politics, multiple identities, and at times, resistance to dominant ideologies and power structures. Mondragón calls these acts sporting entitlements. Mondragón’s interest in sports started in the early 1990s. In 1992, he watched his first boxing match on television between Julio César Chávez and Héctor Camacho. After the 1994 World Cup, Mondragón decided to take up soccer, which eventually earned him a division-1 athletic scholarship to play for the University of California, Irvine. These lived athletic experiences have given Rudy a unique lens to study sports politics and culture.

Education

BA, Chicano/Latino Studies, Minors in African American Studies and Education, University of California, Irvine (2007) MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education), Iowa State University (2010) MA, Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2016)

Research

  • Critical Sports Studies
  • Sport of Boxing
  • Black and Brown Boxers
  • Boxing Ring Entrances
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Expressive Culture
  • Performance of Dissent and Resistance in Sports
  • Oral History

Selected Publications

  • Rudy Mondragón, Gaye Theresa Johnson, and David J. Leonard (eds.), Rings of Dissent: Boxing and the Performance of Rebellion. (Manuscript Under Review)
  • Review of I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood 1880-1915, by Louis Moore, for International Review for the Sociology of Sport. (2018)
  • Film review of Champs, for Journal of Sport History. (2018)
  • Ryan E. Gildersleeve, Corey Rumann, and Rudy Mondragón, “Serving Undocumented Students: Current Law and Policy,” New Directions in Student Services: Undocumented Students in Higher Education, 2010, 131, (5-18). (2010)
  • “Andy Ruiz is ‘Destroyer’ and Disrupter in Boxing, Fatphobia,” LATaco.com, Published June 5, 2019.
  • “Enter The Ring,” TheStreetsMag.com, Published April, 2019. (Featuring Mondragón’s photography)
  • “Where Julio Cesar Chavez and Macho Camacho Became Stars – How Azteca Boxing Club in Bell Became a Training Ground for Champions,” LATaco.com, Published December 6, 2018. (Featuring Mondragón’s photography)
  • “The Beisbolismos You Need to Know for the Serie del Caribe,” (Presented by ESPN Deportes), Remezcla.com, Published January 30, 2018.
  • “Find Out How These Two Afro-Cuban Boxers ‘Became’ Mexican and Changed the World,” WeAreMitu.com, Published October 6, 2017.
  • “Some Might Say It’s Going to be a Close One But Here’s Why I Say Put Your Money on Canelo vs. GGG,” WeAreMitu.com, Published September 14, 2017.
  • “If You Liked Mayweather vs. McGregor, You’re Going to Love Canelo vs. GGG,” By Jonathan Snowden, CNN/BleacherReport.com, Published September 14, 2017. (Quoted in Article)
  • “This Smithsonian Exhibit will Explore the Complex, Forgotten History of ‘Latinos and Baseball’ in the US,” Remezcla.com, Published August 29, 2017.
  • “The Real Mexican Holiday: Canelo vs. Chavez Is for More than Title Gold,” By Jonathan Snowden, CNN/BleacherReport.com, Published May 4, 2017. (Quoted in Article)
  • “With Golden Boy Promotions at her side, Marlen Esparza Could be Boxing’s First Crossover Latina Star,” Remezcla.com, Published March 23, 2017.
  • “Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez: Creating the Next Cash Cow King of Boxing,” Remezcla.com, Published May 25, 2016.

Honors & Awards

  • UCLA Gold Shield Alumnae Graduate Fellowship
  • UC Berkeley Oral History Center Graduate Student Fellow
  • UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award
  • UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award (2017 & 2018)
  • University of California Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow
  • American Historical Association Award
  • NASPA Region V Knowledge Community Award for Collaboration and Visibility
  • NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Award
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar Award

Courses

  • Chicana/o Studies 10A (Lead Instructor – Summer 2019)
  • Chicana/o Studies 116 (Spring 2019)
  • Chicana/o Studies 10B (Winter 2019)
  • Chicana/o Studies 10A (Fall 2018)