Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Francisco Jimenez

Francisco Jimenez

Professor Emeritus

Biographical Information

Francisco Jimenez received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of San Francisco. He taught at Columbia University as an assistant professor before coming to SCU. He has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature. His autobiographical books The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child and, Breaking Through have been published in several languages and won national literary awards, including the Américas Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. His two illustrated bilingual children’s books, La Mariposa, and The Christmas Gift/El regalo de Navidad have received numerous awards and his stories have been published in over 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (10 years, two as chair), California Council for the Humanities (5 years, one as vice chair), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC, 6 years), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees (6 years), the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development (5 years), ALearn, the Leadership Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at SCU, and the Latino College Academy in San Jose. He was selected the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Courses Taught

  • The Revolution in Mexican Culture
  • Mexican American Literature
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Mexican Culture and Civilization
  • Colloquium: Latin American Literature & Culture
  • 20th-Century Mexican Literature in Translation
  • Advanced Spanish 1 & II
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Elementary Spanish I & II

Research Interests

  • Mexican historical novel
  • Mexican folklore-legends
  • Testimonial literature
  • Autobiography

Selected Publications

  • Stories Never to be Forgotten, English translation of Historias para tener presente. The Bilingual Press, 2015.
  • Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 
  • Reaching Out. Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged; Unabridged edition (October 23, 2012).
  • Breaking Through, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt EBooks, 2011.
  • Reaching Out. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt EBooks, 2011.
  • Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos. Secretaria de Cultura, Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, 2008.
  • Más allá de mí. Houghton Mifflin Co., 2009.
  • The Circuit: Kindle Edition, 1996.
  • Reaching Out. Houghton Mifflin, Co. 2008.
  • Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power. AltaMira Pres (co-authored with Alma Garcia & Richard Garcia), 2007
  • Casse di cartone: Racconti dalla vita di un piccolo contadino emigrante. Italian Translation of The Circuit, published by Achille, 2007. Translation by Victor B. Vari and Nello Proia
  • Senderos fronterizos, Trade Division, Houghton Mifflin, Co., 2002
  • Cajas de Cartón: relatos de la vida peregina de un niño campesino. Boston: Trade Division, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002.
  • Co-ed. with Gary D. Keller, Hispanics in the United States: An Anthology of Creative Literature, Vol. II.  Eastern Michigan University: The Bilingual Press, 1982.
  • Mosaico de la vida: prosa chicana, cubana y puertorriqueña New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.
  • Co-ed. with Gary D. Keller, Hispanics in the United States: An Anthology of Creative Literature, Vol I.  Eastern Michigan University: The Bilingual Press, 1980.
  • Editor, The Identification and Analysis of Chicano Literature.  New York: The Bilingual Press, 1979.
  • Co-author with Gary Keller and Nancy Sebastiani of Spanish Here and Now.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
  • Los episodios nacionales de Victoriano Salado Alvarez.  Mexico: Editorial Diana, 1974.

Recent Recognitions/Awards

  • 2009 Horary Doctorate of Humane Letters,  honoris causa, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • 2008 Co-recipient (with Dr. Alma Garcia) of the 2008 Elizabeth B. Mason Small Project Award for "The Legacy Oral history Project of Mexican American Community Activists in San Jose, California, 1960-2000", given by the National Oral History Association.
  • Breaking Through and Senderos fronterizos selected by National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association for “We the People Bookshelf” Program for 2008
  • 2002 Selected Outstanding U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 2007 Resolution of Commendation from the California State Senate “for contributions to education”
  • Selected as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the Silicon Valley, San Jose Magazine, July 2007




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