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Arturo Islas (May 25, 1938February 15, 1991), a native of El Paso, Texasmarker, was a professor of English and a novelist, writing about the experience of Chicano cultural duality.

He received three degrees from Stanford: a B.A. in 1960, a Masters in 1963 and a Ph.D. in 1971, when he joined the Stanford faculty. Islas was the first Chicano in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in English. In 1976, he became the first Chicano faculty member to receive tenure at Stanford.

Islas died on February 15, 1991 from complications related to AIDS.



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  • Profile
  • Dekker, George, Larry Friedlander, Diane Middlebrook and Nancy Packer. Memorial Resolution: Arturo Islas. Historical Society of Stanford University. 1991.

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