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History | Luz Maria Gordillo







Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Associate Professor and Program Leader of History

WSU Vancouver



Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005

Research and Teaching Interests

Gordillo teaches courses in 20th century United States History, Chicanx, Latinx, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the History of Medicine.


Dr. Gordillo’s first book Engendering Transnational Ties: Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration, garnered the ALLA book award in 2011. In 2013, she co-directed and co-produced the film entitled Antonia: A Chicana Story. In conjunction with the documentary, Dr. Gordillo worked on a series of interviews with Chicanx activist, scholars, artists, and art critics for the book Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. Her current book manuscript Patients, Philanthropists, and Fieldworkers: The Hidden History of Women and Eugenics, examines gender, race, public health, and sexuality, and the tenure of the Eugenics Record Office (ERO), 1906-1939. Dr. Gordillo’s project brings science and the humanities together at an unexplored crossroad that has the potential to explore thought-provoking connections of a period that is complex, sensitive, and contentious.

  This will link to the book "Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration"  This will link to the book "Three Decades of Engendering History"

Dr. Gordillo has also published articles and book reviews for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Border-Lines; Journal of the LRC Latino Research Center, Women, Gender, and Families of Color, Journal of American Ethnic History, Gender and Society, and Oregon Historical Quarterly, and the Western Historical Quarterly.

Her essay, “Gendering the Nador/Melilla Border: Muslim Women, Economic [Under] Development, and Structural Violence” is currently under review by Meridians.

Dr. Gordillo has accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). She serves on the editorial board of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and she served as the Chair for the Council of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Washington State University Vancouver (2016-2020). Her continued contribution and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence was cemented when she accepted the position of Campus Director for Faculty Equity and Outreach at Washington State University Vancouver in 2020.

She has received several nominations and awards, among these are, the Woman of Distinction Award, the American Association of University Women Research Award, the American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Award, and several Diversity and Equity awards to promote Inclusive Excellence.