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Luz María Gordillo, Ph.D. Department of History

Recent Publications

Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. Eds.. Linda Heidenreich with Antonia Castañeda and original interviews by Luz María Gordillo. University of North Texas Press, 2014.

 Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties. University of Texas Press, 2010. Recipient of the ALLA (Association of Latina and Latino Anthroplogists) Book Award in 2011.

Antonia: A Chicana Story
A film by Luz María Gordillo and Juan Javier Pescador

This documentary film reveals the history and experiences of Antonia Castañeda from her childhood journeys with a migrant family between Crystal City and the Yakima Valley in Washington state, to her coming of age as a Chicana activist, community organizer, feminist, teacher, mentor and scholar, 2013. The film was selected for the juried LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Film Festival in Chicago, 2014.

“Contesting Monstrosity in Horror Genres: Chicana Feminist Mappings of de la Peña’s ‘Refugio’ and Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter,” for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. (Forthcoming, 2016).

“Outlawing Transnational Sexualities: Mexican Women, U.S. Immigration Policy, and National Security,” for the three-volume anthology entitled Hidden Lives and Human Rights: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies in Undocumented Immigration. Edited by Lois Ann Lorentzen. California: Praeger Press, Vol. 1, 2014; 249-273.

“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 2010; 28-59.

“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. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2009; 149-166.


“La Secretary,” short story that emphasizes Mexican women’s transnational experiences in their community of origin. Conveyed through the point of view of a 15-year-old teenager, her experience emphasizes familial transnational dislocations for Border-Lines Journal of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Volume III, 98-102, 2015.

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

Neon Thighs,
submitted for the anthology Queer Latina Voices, published by Kórima Press.

“Plática I: El Cuerpo y El Baile, The Body as Site of Knowledge,” in La Voz de Esperanza, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Newsletter. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2015): 3-6.