Dr. Irene Blea obtained her Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and taught at Metropolitan State College throughout the 1980s. The award winning poet, scholar and author is credited with defining the curriculum in Chicano and Chicana Studies. Dr. Blea was the first female National Chairperson of the National Association of Chicano Studies. Two of her textbooks, Toward a Chicano Social Science and La Chicana, are considered Classics in the field of race and gender relations. retirement as a Tenured, Full Professor and Chairperson of the first Department of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angles she published textbooks, poetry, over 50 articles, and one play.