Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries (Duke University Press, Latin America Otherwise Series. September 2011)

Book Chapters

“Reading Violence, Making Chicana Subjectivities” In Techno/futuros: Genealogies, Power, Desire Edited by Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustin Lao-Montes Lexington: 2007

Refereed Journal Articles:

“Dora the Explorer, Marketing “Latinidades” and the Politics of Global Citizenship” Latino Studies Journal Volume 5, Issue 3, Summer 2007. PDF

“Gender, Epistemology Cooking: Rethinking Encarnación Pineda’s El Cocinero Español.” Women’s Studies International ForumVol. 31 No. 6. Nov.-Dec. 2008. PDF

“Embodied Forms of State Domination: Gender and Camp Grant.” Social Text Volume 28, Number 3 104, Fall 2010. PDF

 National Appropriations: Yaqui Autonomy, the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the Bicentennial of the Mexican Nation” Forthcoming, The Latin Americanist, 2011 PDF

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

Hispanic American Literature Encyclopedia Facts on File Edited By Luz Elena Ramirez  Entries for Denise Chavez, Montserrat Fontes, Last of The Menu Girls,  Face of An Angel, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, and Sandra Maria Estevez 9/2008

Book Review:

“Pessimistic Activism: On Latino Studies and Psychoanalysis” Theory & Event, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2009. PDF

Media Publications:

In Arizona, Both Racial Exploitation and Resistance Run Deep.” Blog, Ms. May 17, 2010. Click

Where are we going Arizona?” Blog, Ms. Magazine, Summer 2010. Click

“More Violence Against the Women of Juarez” Blog, Ms., July 26, 2010. Click

“For Latinas, a Fine Line Between Reproductive Justice and Eugenics.” Blog, Ms. August 13, 2010. Click

“Why does a 30- something Feminist Care about Dora the Explorer?” Blog, Ms. August 17, 2010. Click

“In Case Being Abused in Mississippi Isn’t Bad Enough.” Blog, Ms. March 15, 2011. Click

Upcoming Books:

¡Santa Lucia! Contemporary Chicana and Latina Cultural Reinterpretations of 

Saint Iconographies

Santa Lucia! Contemporary Chicana and Latina Cultural Reinterpretations of Saint Iconographies examines a number of recent texts that narrate subjectivity through kitschy and queered representations of Catholic saints in literary, self-help, visual and performative forms. These alternative saint iconographies provide a site for theorizing subjectivity as they reinterpret the deeply disturbing and often violent hagiographies of Catholic saints as queered or kitsch cultural allegories.

Red Devils and Railroads: Race, Gender and Capitalism in the Transnational

Nineteenth Century Mexico Borderlands

Red Devils and Railroads: Race, Gender and Capitalism in the Nineteenth Century Greater Mexico Borderlands tracks the development of the railroad and gendered relations at both the southern Mexico borderlands between Guatemala, Belize and Chiapas and the U.S./Mexico border to the north. Based on the archival sources collected while on the Fulbright in Mexico City, it is my contention that racialized masculinity, femininity, representations and performances of gender were some of the most contentious sites where power was enacted, negotiated, and redistributed. What is more, these sites were characterized by the unequal time/space continuum ushered in by the coming of the railroad.