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Luz Maria Gordillo, Ph.D. Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies


Luz María Gordillo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Leader of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, and Vice-Chair of the Diversity Council


  • Arts and Sciences
  • Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies
Phone: (360) 546-9099
Office: VMMC 202U
Office Hours: 9:00-10:00 AM and by appointment
Support Staff: Annette Bradstreet



Dr. Gordillo is an Associate Professor and Program Leader in the department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at WSUV. Her book Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties published in 2010 garnered the National Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)  Book Award in 2011. Gordillo’s analysis focuses on the history of immigration policies and practices and their impact on transnational subjects and ideas about National Security.

In 2013, Dr. Gordillo co-directed and co-produced with Dr. Juan Javier Pescador a full-lenght documentary examining national Chicana/o and Latina/o migrations from Texas to the Pacific Northwest. The film, entitled Antonia: A Chicana Story, follows the experience of Antonia Castañeda, scholar, mentor and activist. In conjunction with the documentary, Dr. Gordillo worked on a series of interviews with Chicana/o activists, scholars, artists, and art critics for the book Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. The interviews trace not only the emergence of the academic field of Chicana/o Studies, but also the struggles of the Chicana/o and Latina/o community to gain access to quality education in the Pacific Northwest.

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