Lydia Chavez started out as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times (El Salvador and South American bureau chief). In 1998, Professor Chavez added a book— ”The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action” —to her other writings (OpEd pieces for the New York Times and the San Francisco Examiner as well as articles for the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine) that have been completed since her arrival at UC Berkeley. As faculty liaison with the Center for Latin American Studies at Berkeley, Professor Chavez teaches reporting courses that focus on Cuba, Mexico and the U.S. / Mexican border. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Research Expertise and Interest
jounalism, reporting, writing