Los Angeles, where she served as director of the Latin American Studies program for 28 years. Because of its progressive orientation, there were several politically motivated attempts to eliminate the popular program, which Marjorie led successful campaigns to save.
Not all the founders and early collective members attended Stanford. Others met as young professors in Southern California, where they were also politically involved in Latin American solidarity work through LAGLAS and in the radical URLA current within LASA. Two of them did their doctoral work in the radical environment of University of Wisconsin at Madison, and three of them had formative experiences in Chile and Mexico.
separating Ladinos and Mayan Indians further radicalized her. She returned to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where radical students organized seminars on Marx’s Capital that were excluded from the formal curriculum. Already an assistant professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, she traveled to Chile to complete her dissertation research in late 1972 and early 1973, during the intense political conflict of the Allende era. She was impressed by the level of political organization, but the subsidiary role of women planted the seeds of a left feminist consciousness and a desire to fuse Marxism and feminism. While teaching at the University of California, Irvine, in the 1980s, she was active in solidarity with Nicaragua and in the sanctuary movement for Guatemalan refugees. In a difficult time for her and for LAP, political differences within the collective spilled over into her professional life, when two collective members voted against her tenure and later filed ethics charges against her. The collective reacted strongly against this sectarianism, and Chinchilla’s former colleagues left the collective. She moved on to a joint appointment in sociology and women’s studies at California State University, Long Beach, which allowed her to merge her two primary interests.
interspersed with time in Latin America. In the 1980s he was forced out of a position at the University of California, Berkeley, for his support of the Sandinistas but later took a position at the Central American Institute for Administration in Nicaragua, where he worked with Nicaraguan scholars and intellectuals from all over Latin America who had come to Nicaragua to support the revolutionary process. His later career took him back to California, with his final teaching position at California State University, Monterey Bay.