Dr. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández is the inaugural chair of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She served on the faculty of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona for eight years. She received her doctorate degree from Cornell University in 2004 and her M.A. from Cornell University in 2000. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997.
Her book titled Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries with Duke University Press is a feminist intervention into discourses of nationalism, mestizaje and victimization that characterize the historicization of violence along the border between 1851 and 1910. It won the 2011-12 MLA prize for Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies, and was a finalist for the 2012 Berkshire Women’s History Association First Book Prize. Her articles such as “Reading Violence, Making Chicana Subjectivities” appear in anthologies such as Techno/futuros: Genealogies, Power, Desire (2007), edited by Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustin Lao-Montes. She has also published in journals such asWomen’s Studies International Forum, Social Text, Cultural Dynamics, The Latinamericanist, and Latino Studies, where her article “Dora the Explorer, Constructing “Latinidades” and the Politics of Global Citizenship” is one of the most downloaded articles in the history of the journal.
Professor Guidotti-Hernández is currently at work on two book length projects. The first, Queering Borderlands Masculinities examines three cases studies about Mexican revolutionary Enrique Flores-Magón’s emotional life in exile, photo documentation of the homoerotics of abjection through the Bracero Program in the Salinas Valley, and actor Danny Trejo’s Body as archive, to argue that a queer reading shows the unintended consequences of how nations, individuals, photographers, and communities depicted such masculinized bodies as the pathological limits of gender normativity. The second book is tentatively titled A Tale of Two Sisters: The Santa Cruz Family in the Making of Race, Gender, and Capitalism in the Transnational Nineteenth Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. It traces the ascent and descent of three generations of Tucsonense Mexicana Indigenous women’s movement along the capitalist and racial spectrum from 1836 to 1950. The two sisters named in the title, Atanacia Santa Cruz de Hughes and Petra Santa Cruz Stevens (Spanish and Pima Indian), served as community brokers of social and capitalist relations in the transformation from Mexican to U.S. territory for the Tucson pueblo between 1850-1910.
Research and Teaching Interests:
Transnational Feminisms; Critical Race Studies; Chicana/o Studies; Latina/o Studies; Borderlands History; American Studies; Violence and Citizenship; and Indigeneity and Nationalisms.