María Herrera-Sobek, Ph.D.

Luis Leal Endowed Chair Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nominee:  Reynaldo Macias

María Herrera-Sobek is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB and holds the Luis Leal Endowed Chair . She was Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCSB (2000-2001), co-founder and Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine (1993-1996) and co-founder of the Latin American Studies Program at UC Irvine.

She taught at the University of California, Irvine, for twenty-one years (1975-96) and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and at Stanford University. Herrera-Sobek is the author of many books including the Bracero Experience: Elitelore versus Folklore(1979); The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis (1990); and Northward Bound: The Mexican Immigrant Experience in Ballad and Song (1993). In addition she is the editor or co-editor of numerous anthologies including Beyond Stereotypes: The Critical Analysis of Chicana Literature (1985); Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature (with Helena Maria Viramonte), 1988 and 1996; Gender and Print Culture: New Perspectives on International Ballad Studies (1991); Reconstructing a Chicano/a Literary Heritage: Hispanic Colonial Literature of the Southwest (1993 and 1998); Chicana (W) rites on Word and Film (with Helena Maria Viramontes) 1996, Culture Across Borders (1998) (with David Maciel); Santa Barraza: Artist from the Borderlands(2000); Chicano Renaissance: Trends in Contemporary Chicano Literature (2001) with David Maciel and Isidro Ortiz; and Latino and Latina Writers (Associate Editor) 2004.

She recently edited two special issues focusing on Chicano/a literature of the international journals: Nerter (2003) (Tenerife, Canary Islands) and Journal of American Studies, Turkey (2003).

Herrera-Sobek is Associate Editor for the forthcoming Norton Anthology of US Latino/a Literature (2005).

Herrera-Sobek has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and introductions. She is also one of three poets in the anthology Three Times a Woman, and has published her poetry in numerous journals and poetry anthologies.

She is presently working on a book on folklore and a book on narco-corridos.

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