(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — For the second time, Aída Hurtado, a professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, was selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education (Research Institutions) Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). She also received the award in 2011.

Presented at the AAHHE’s ninth annual conference held March 6-8 in Costa Mesa, Calif., the award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching and has provided significant contributions to his or her academic discipline.

“This award honors Professor Hurtado’s vision and innovative research in Chicano/a and Latino/a studies,” said Denise Segura, chair of UCSB’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and a professor of sociology. Segura received the same award in 2009.


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