Prof. Ben Terry Chappell

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 213M
The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Teaching Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Research methods
  • Globalization
  • American Identities
  • Class
  • U.S. Latina/os

Research Interests

  • Mexican America, popular culture, cultural politics, everyday life, lowriders, softball.

Selected Publications

Santillán, R. Chávez, G. T., Martínez, R. Olais, R. & Chappell, B. (in press). Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City (. & Eds.).

Chappell, B. (2016). Review of Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City The Journal of Transport History, 37(1), 98-100. DOI:10.1177/0022526616640432

Chappell, B. (2016). The Borders the Cross Us: Ethnographic Sensibilities for Transnational American Studies. In B. Bauridl, P. Wiegmink, & . (Eds.), Approaching Transnational America in Performance. Peter Lang.

Chappell, B. (2016). Lowrider Publics: Aesthetics and Contested Communities
. In F. Aldama & . (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture (pp. 267-278). London/New York: Routledge.

Chappell, B. (2015). [Review of the book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island. , by Dylan A. T. Miner]. Museum Anthropology Review, 9(2), 14-16.

Chappell, B. (2015). The Nature and Meaning of Research in American Studies. American Studies Association White Papers. American Studies Association.

Chappell, B. (2014). Barrio Metaxis: The Ambivalent Aesthetics of Lowrider Cars. In D. Lipset & R. Handler (Eds.), Vehicles: Cars, Canoes, and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination
. Oxford/New York: Berghahn.

Chappell, B. (2013). Oxford Bibliographies. Lowriders (I. Stavans). Latino Studies. Oxford Bibliographies New York: Oxford University Press.

Chappell, B. (2012). Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars, Austin: University of Texas Press.

Chappell, B. (2009). Ordinary Exceptions: The Violence of Threat Governmentality. In M. Amelia Viteri & A. Tobler (Eds.), Shifting Positionalities: The Local and International Geo-Politics of Surveillance and Policing (pp. 124-136). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Chappell, B. (2009). [Review of Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs, by Norma Mendoza-Denton]. American Studies, 50(1-2), 256-257.

Chappell, B. (2008). Lowrider Style: Cultural Poetics and the Politics of Scale. In M. Ryan (Ed.), Cultural Studies: An Anthology (pp. 634-645). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Selected Presentations

Chappell, B. . (11/10/2017). Winning a Chance at Bat: Popular Refusals of Racial Transcendence in Mexican American Sport. American Studies Association. Chicago, Illinois

Chappell, B. . (08/31/2017). Answering the Mexican Question on the Field: Vernacular Sport as Resistant Cultural Narrative. International Ethnography Symposium. Manchester, UK

Chappell, B. . (08/12/2016). Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Mid-América. Smithsonian Institution collecting event, “Latinos in Baseball: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues". Kansas City Museum

Chappell, B. . (07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015). The Borders that Cross Us: Transnational American Studies on the Ground. Interdisciplinary Crossroads: Performance Studies in Transnational American Studies. University of Regensburg . Available Here

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