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History | Luz Maria Gordillo

Associate Professor

WSU Vancouver: VMMC 202U


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Transnational and immigration studies.
  • Chicana feminist theory.
  • History of [transnational] sexualities.
  • Global feminisms.


2010 Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties. University of Texas Press.  

  • 2011 Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) Book Award. 
  • Nominated for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Book Award for outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies.  
  • Nominated for the 2012 Antonia Castañeda Prize.  

Reviewed in Gender & Society 26.1 (2012): 138-140; Oral History Review 39.1 (2012): 116-18Mexican Studies 27.2 (2011): 474; American Journal of Sociology 116.66 (2011): 2040-42; and Western Historical Quarterly 42.3 (2011): 393. 


Edited Collection 
2014 Three Decades of Engendering History: Selected Works of Antonia I. Castañeda. Eds. Linda Heidenreich with Antonia Castañeda, and original contributions by Luz María Gordillo.* University of North Texas Press. *By Luz María Gordillo – “Introductions to the Interviews”; “Plática One, El Cuerpo y el Baile;  

Plática Two, ‘Pero No Somos Princesas’”; and “Plática Three, Birthing Chicana History.” 

Reviewed in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 119.2 (2015): 232-233, Pacific Historical Review 85.1 (2015):151-152, Latino Studies 15.1(2017):115-117. 


Documentary Film
2013 Antonia: A Chicana Story. CoProduced and Co-Directed by Luz María Gordillo and Juan Javier Pescador. 


Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters 
2016  “Contesting Monstrosity in Horror Genres: Chicana Feminist Mappings of de la Peña’s “Refugio” and Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Volume 41, No. 1 (Spring): 171-185. Re-printed in Altermundos. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017: 199-212. 

2014  Outlawing Transnational Sexualities: Mexican Women, U.S. Immigration Policy, and National Security, in Hidden Lives and Human Rights: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies in Undocumented Immigration. Ed. Lois Ann Lorentzen. Vol. 1. Praeger: 249-73. 

2010  “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): 28-59.  

2009  “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. Eds. Carmen Lugo-Lugo and Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press: 149-166. 


Peer-reviewed Creative Publications 


Short Stories 
2017 “Mexican Angel,” for Basta! 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women. Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, 2017: 160.

2015 “La Secretary,” Border-Lines: Journal of the LRC, Latino Research Center. University of Nevada, Reno. Vol. III, 98-102. 


In Press: “Neon Thighs,” for the anthology Queer Latina Voices, Kórima Press. (Forthcoming 2019).  


Book Reviews 
2017 Review of Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz Becoming Legal: Immigration Law and Mixed-Status Families. The journal of Women, Gender, and Families of Color. Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring): 98-100. 

2016 Review of Leah Perry The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration: Gender, Race, and Media. Journal of American Ethnic History. Vol. 37, No. 4 (Summer 2018): 94-96. 

2013 Review of Deborah A. Boehm’s Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality Among Transnational Mexicans. Gender and Society. Vol. 27, No. 4 (August): 588-590. 

2011 Review of Joanne B. Mulcahy’s Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz. Oregon  Historical Quarterly. Vol. 112, No. 3 (Fall): 381-382. 

2009 Review of Vicky Ruiz and John R. Chávez’s Memories and Migrations: Mapping Boricua & Chicana Histories. Western Historical Quarterly. Vol. 40, No. 3 (Autumn): 378-379. 

Film Review 
2019The Unafraid, East of Salinas, and Vida Diferida for Films for the Feminist Classroom. Online journal ( hosted by Texas Woman’s University. (Forthcoming 2019). 

In Progress 

Book Manuscript 

Patients, Philanthropists, and Fieldworkers: The Hidden History of Women’s Cross-Cultural, Scientific, and Social Networks in the Age of Eugenics, 1906-1939. The book manuscript maps out the historical, social, cultural, and material relationships that women and women of color in the United States have had with science and scientific thought. Proposed Chapters: Patients and Field Workers”; Masculine’ Science vs. ‘Female Monstrosity”; “Eugenics and Legislature”; “Eugenic Womanhood”; “Feminism, Gender, and Science”; “Conclusions.” (To be submitted to Oxford University Press under their History of Medicine series).  


Gendering the Nador/Melilla Border: Muslim Women, Economic [Under] Development and Structural Violence.” (Submitted to the journal Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism). 

Washington State University