Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Program in Modern Thought & Literature, Stanford University (2001)
M.A. Department of English, University of Texas at Austin (1994)
Certificate of Culture & Language, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1988)
B.A. Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin (1986)

Associate Professor, Women’s Studies Program & Program in American Culture (Latina/o Studies) University of Michigan (2001-present)
Director, UM Latina/o Studies Program (2008-2011)

Single-Authored Book
Native Speakers: Ella Cara Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González and the Poetics of Culture (University of Texas Press, December 2008)
Awarded the Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize (NWSA 2009)

Edited Books

Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era, eds. Dionne Espinoza, Maria Cotera, Maylei Blackwell (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018); Introduction & Chapter.

Life Along the Border: A Landmark Tejana Thesis by Jovita González (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2006)
Editor & Introduction: “A Woman Of The Borderlands: ‘Social Life In Cameron, Starr And Zapata Counties’ And The Origins Of Borderlands Discourse,” 3-33.

Caballero: An Historical Novel, by Jovita González and Eve Raleigh (pseud. Margaret Eimer) (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1996)
Editor (with José Limón) & Epilogue: “Hombres Nécios: A Critical Epilogue” 339-50.

Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited Volumes (selected)

Nuestra Autohistoria: Toward a Chicana Digital Praxis,” Special Issue of American Quarterly: Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities, 70:3 (September 2018)

“Unpacking our Mother’s Libraries: Chicana Memory Praxis Before and After the Digital Turn” in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era, eds. Dionne Espinoza, Maria Cotera, Maylei Blackwell (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018)

“Feminisms,” Keywords in Latina/o Studies, Nancy Mirabal, Deborah R. Vargas, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, eds. (NYU Press, 2015)

“‘Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster’: Archival Praxis After the Digital Turn,” Special Issue on Feminisms of the 1970s, South Atlantic Quarterly, Ed. Lisa Disch (forthcoming 2015)

El Museo del Norte: Passionate Praxis on the Streets of Detroit,” Latino Midwest Reader, Claire Fox, Omar Valerio Jimenez, eds. (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming Spring 2015)

“Indigenous but not Indian? The Vexed Relationship Between Chicana/os and Native North America,” (with Maria Josephina Saldaña) The Indigenous World of North America,” Robert Warrior, ed. (Routledge, Forthcoming, Fall 2014)

“The Uses of Folklore in Latina/o Literature,” Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, Frances Aparicio and Suzanne Bost, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2013), 216-228

“Women of Color, Tenure, and the Neoliberal University: Notes From the Field,” in Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex, Steven Best, Peter McLaren, and Anthony J. Nocella, eds. (AK Press, 2013), 328-336

“Unveiling Objectivism: Renato Rosaldo And The Rise of Passionate Praxis,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicana/o Studies 37.1 (Spring 2012): 145-154

“Telling the Story of Her People: Ella Cara Deloria’s Decolonizing Methodology” in Their Own Frontier­: Women Historians and the Revisioning of the American West, Shirley Leckie and Nancy Parezo, eds. (University of Nebraska, 2008)

“Re/covering our History: Caballero and the Gendered Politics of Form,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicana/o Studies 32.2 (Fall 2007): 157-172

“Jovita González Mireles: A Sense of History and Homeland,” Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community, Vicki Ruíz and Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 158-174.

“‘All My Relatives Are Noble’: Recovering the Feminine in Waterlily”, American Indian Quarterly, Special Issue, Empowerment through Literature 28.1 & 2, (Winter/Spring 2004-2005): 52-72

“Engendering a ‘Dialectics of Our America:’ Jovita González’ Pluralist Dialogue as Feminist Testimonio,” Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family, Vicki L. Ruiz, ed. (Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2000), 237-56.

“Refiguring the ‘American Congo:’ Jovita González, John Gregory Bourke and the Battle Over Ethnohistorical Representations of the Texas Mexican Border,” Special Issue Recovering a Mexican-American West, Western American Literature 35.1 (Spring 2000): 75-94


Chicana Fotos: Nancy de los Santos
A collection of movement–era photography that was uncovered as part of the Chicana por mi Raza archival recovery project—curated and designed in collaboration with Hannah Smotrich, Katie Rubin and their class Designing for Exhibition.
Walter P. Reuther Library, Detroit, February 17-April 17.
Lane Hall Exhibit Space, University of Michigan, August 1-December 20.

Las Rebeldes: Stories of strength and Struggle in Southeastern Michigan
a historical exhibition curated in collaboration with University of Michigan students and community members
Exhibited: The Boulevard House, 412 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, November 1-2

La Ofrenda – Luci’s Passion
an ofrenda in honor of Dr. Lucille Cruz Gajec, who for many years ran “El Museo Indigenista” in a Detroit storefront
Exhibited: The Boulevard House, 412 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, November 1-2

We will be Heard! Installation
Exhibited: The Boulevard House, 412 W. Grand Blvd., June 1, 2013 – Feb. 1, 2014

we are not undocumented / a place for our stories
Pop-up Museum created from Community archives
Exhibited: Storefront, Luevanos Studio, 4200 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, May 5, 2012


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Fellowship (2018-2019)

Mellon Summer Fellow, Future of Minority Studies Research Project Summer Seminar: “Feminist Identities, Global Struggles,” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, (2005)Helmut Stern Fellow, Institute for the Humanities (2014)

Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2003)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Michigan (2000-2001)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (1999-2000)

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Graduate Research Opportunity Award School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University (2000)

Program Development Fellowship, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicities (CSRE), Stanford University (2000)

Honors + Awards
Millie Tirado LUCHA Award, honoring faculty who have made a significant difference in the lives of Latinx faculty, students and staff, La Casa, University of Michigan

Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan (2008)

“Circle Award,” in recognition of outstanding Service to the University of Michigan Latina/o Community, La Celebración Latina/o Planning Committee (2008)

Earl Lewis Scholar, In Recognition of Outstanding Service to Graduate Students of Color at the University of Michigan, Students of Color at Rackham (2007)

Latino Faculty/Staff Recognition Award for Service to the Latino Community, Latina/o Task Force, University of Michigan (2006)

2005 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award (Statewide Award)

2003 Frederick Cervantes Student Premio (Best Graduate Paper), National Association of Chicano/Chicana Studies, XXVI Annual Conference

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