Luz María Gordillo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies
Phone: (360) 546-9099
Fax: (360) 546-9036
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 202 U
Support Staff: Annette Bradstreet

 Dr. Gordillo is an Associate Professor in the department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies and Graduate Faculty in the department of American Studies at WSUV. She’s the author of  Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties. Dr. Gordillo's research focuses on gendered historical processes of Mexican immigration between the United States and Mexico.  Her research also investigates the history of immigration law and its direct impact on transnational fields.  Her latest research is on the history of Mexican immigrant women, immigration law in the United States and ideas of national security since 1942.


 Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. Eds.. Linda Heidenreich with Antonia Castañeda, original interviews by Luz María Gordillo and an epilogue by Deena González. University of North Texas Press (Forthcoming 2014).

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

Documentary Film
Antonia: A Chicana Story

 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.

 Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

 “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 Louis A. Lorentzen. California: Praeger Press, Vol. 1, Chapter 11 (Forthcoming 2014).

 “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

“La Secretary,” short story for  Volume VIII of Border-Lines, Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. (Forthcoming 2014).


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




Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
WST/ENGL 211 Sex Matters: Introduction to Queer Culture and Sexuality
HIST/WST 336 History of Sexualities
AMS Global Feminisms and Diasporas


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


  • Ph.D., History, Michigan State University, 2005.
  • M.A., Media Studies, The New School, 1996.
  • B.A., (Summa Cum Laude) Film and Photography, Brooklyn College, 1991.

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