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History | L Heidenreich


Associate Professor

Wilson Short Hall 349


B.A. and M.A., San Francisco State University

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Chicanx History and Chicanx Studies
  • Queer History and Queer Studies
  • Borderlands History


My work focuses on Chicanx and Latinx histories (especially queer Chicanx histories) as well as borderlands histories – with borderlands understood as sites of conflict. My first monograph, ‘”This Land was Mexican Once: Histories of Resistance from Northern California,” is still used in Chicanx history and history of the West courses today, though my research interests continue to expand and evolve.  In 2012 Antonia Castañeda allowed me to edit and compile a number of her essays into a cohesive volume for North Texas Press.  Luz María Gordillo, another historian with our unit was invited to conduct interviews and eventually produced a documentary on the life of this figure.  The result of all our efforts was Three Decades of EnGendering History: Selected Works of Antonia Castañeda (2014).

My current project focuses on Chicanx and borderlands histories in a global context, with a focus on California as a site of rapid change both culturally and economically. Applying the Mexican/Anzaldúan concept of Nepantla to the region, I map relationships between the movement of capital, culture, and people – especially, but not exclusively transgender Latin@s in the late nineteenth and late-twentieth centuries.  That work is Nepantla2, and it is due out from the University of Nevada Press in fall of 2019.  In 2018 I was honored to deliver the opening keynote address at the annual conference for the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (Mundo Zurdo).

As our nation continues to grow and diversify it is an exciting time to work in the field of history. Washington State University has provided me with a space where I can thrive and move between the multiple communities that make me who I am and make my work possible.


Professional Positions:

  • At Large Representative for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Chair, Antonia I. Castañeda Award in Chicana/Latina, Indigenous Women’s History.
  • Representative for the Pacific Northwest Foco of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2012-2013.
  • Book Review editor for the journal of Chicana/Latina Studies 2012-2017.

Selected Publications:


“This Land Was Mexican Once”: Histories of Resistance from Northern California. University of Texas Press, 2007.

(ed.) Linda Heidenreich with Antonia Castañeda, Three Decades of EnGendering History: Selected Works of Antonia Castañeda. University of North Texas, 2014.

Forthcoming: Nepantla2: Excavating Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift, University of Nevada Press, 2020.

Chapters and Articles:

“Colonial Pasts, Utopian Futures: Reclaiming the Monstrous as Salvific,” in Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture eds. Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and B. V. Olguín (UCLA Chicano Research Center, 2017 ).

“Teaching Liberatory Chicana/o Studies in the Corporate University,” in El Mundo Zurdo 5: Selected Works from the 2015 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa eds. Domino Renee Pérez, et al. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2016: 49-63.

“Jack Mugarrieta Garland: A Queer Mestiz@ in the ‘American West,’” Lilith 21 (August 2015):65-77.

“Transgender Women, Sexual Violence and the Rule of Law: An Argument in Favor of Restorative and Transformative Justice,” in Razor Wire Women eds. Jodie Lawson and Ashley Lucas. SUNY, 2011: 147-164.

“’I do not like the white man much, because he is a liar and a thief’: Subaltern Women and Narratives of Resistance in Late Nineteenth-Century California” in Women and Politics: California from the Gold Rush to the Great Depression, eds. Robert W. Cherny and Ann Wilson University of Nebraska, 2011: 1-25.

“Vampires Among Us,” Peace Review v.24 no.1 (Winter 2012).