Luz María Gordillo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Leader of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, and Vice-Chair of the Diversity Council
Phone: (360) 546-9099
Fax: (360) 546-9036
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 202 U
Office Hours: 9:00-10:00 AM and by appointment

Dr. Gordillo is an Associate Professor and Program Leader in the department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at WSUV. Her book Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties published in 2010 garnered the National Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)  Book Award in 2011. Gordillo's analysis focuses on the history of immigration policies and practices and their impact on transnational subjects and ideas about National Security.

In 2013, Dr. Gordillo co-directed and co-produced with Dr. Juan Javier Pescador a full-lenght documentary examining national Chicana/o and Latina/o migrations from Texas to the Pacific Northwest. The film, entitled Antonia: A Chicana Story, follows the experience of Antonia Castañeda, scholar, mentor and activist. In conjunction with the documentary, Dr. Gordillo worked on a series of interviews with Chicana/o activists, scholars, artists, and art critics for the book Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. The interviews trace not only the emergence of the academic field of Chicana/o Studies, but also the struggles of the Chicana/o and Latina/o community to gain access to quality education in the Pacific Northwest.


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
WST 338 Women in Popular Culture Tu,Th 12:00 - 1:15 VMMC 214 Fall 2015


  • Transnational and Immigration Studies
  • Chicana/o Latina/o Studies
  • Global Feminisms
  • History of [Transnational] Sexualities
  • Critical Culture Theory

Recent Publications

Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda.
Eds.. Linda Heidenreich with Antonia Castañeda and original interviews by Luz María Gordillo. University of North Texas Press, 2014.

 Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties. University of Texas Press, 2010. Recipient of the ALLA (Association of Latina and Latino Anthroplogists) Book Award in 2011.

Documentary Film
Antonia: A Chicana Story
A film by Luz María Gordillo and Juan Javier Pescador

This documentary film reveals the history and experiences of Antonia Castañeda from her childhood journeys with a migrant family between Crystal City and the Yakima Valley in Washington state, to her coming of age as a Chicana activist, community organizer, feminist, teacher, mentor and scholar, 2013. The film was selected for the juried LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Film Festival in Chicago, 2014.

 Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
"Contesting Monstrosity in Horror Genres: Chicana Feminist Mappings of de la Peña's 'Refugio' and Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter," for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. (Forthcoming, 2016).

“Outlawing Transnational Sexualities: Mexican Women, U.S. Immigration Policy, and National Security,” for the three-volume anthology entitled Hidden Lives and Human Rights: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies in Undocumented Immigration. Edited by Lois Ann Lorentzen. California: Praeger Press, Vol. 1, 2014; 249-273.

“Engendering Transnational Social Networks: Mexicanas and Community Formation in San Ignacio-Detroit,” Chicana/Latina Studies: the Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Volume 10, Issue I Fall 2010; 28-59.

“The Bracero, the Wetback and the Terrorist: Mexican Immigration, Legislation, and National Security,” in A New Kind of Containment: “The War on Terror,” Sexuality and Race. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2009; 149-166.

Peer-reviewed Creative Publications
Short Stories

“La Secretary,” short story that emphasizes Mexican women's transnational experiences in their community of origin. Conveyed through the point of view of a 15-year-old teenager, her experience emphasizes familial transnational dislocations for 
Border-Lines Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Volume III, 98-102, 2015.

"Curfew," "La Cucaracha," "Mexican Angel," for Basta! 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women. Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. (Forthcoming 2016).

Neon Thighs,
submitted for the anthology Queer Latina Voices, published by Kórima Press. (Forthcoming 2016).

Public Papers
“Plática I: El Cuerpo y El Baile, The Body as Site of Knowledge,” in La Voz de Esperanza, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Newsletter. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2015): 3-6.



  • Ph.D., History, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Media Studies, The New School
  • B.A., (Summa Cum Laude) Film and Photography, Brooklyn College

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