Editorial Address

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
MSC02 1680
1829 Sigma Chi Rd., NE
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131- 0001


Leila Flores-Dueñas

Ray Hernández-Durán

Irene Vásquez


Adán Ávalos, Visual Arts Editor

Melisa García, Associate Editor

Patricia Perea, Associate Editor

Levi Romero, Poetry Editor

Patricia Rosas-Lopátegui, Spanish Language Editor

Moisés Santos, Associate Editor

Mónica Sánchez, Playwriting Editor

Editorial Board Bios

Adán Ávalos, Visual Arts Editor
Professor Ávalos earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a dissertation focused on Latino migrant communities and media consumption/production. His academic work, focusing on exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s—so-called naco movies—reclaims part of Mexican film history often dismissed by conventional scholarly research. After earning a BA in Chicano Studies and Art at California State University, Fresno, Dr. Ávalos also taught studio art in public schools for five years.

Leila Flores-Dueñas, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Leila Flores-Dueñas received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Multilingual Studies: Bilingual Education and Literacy Education. At UNM, in the College of Education, she has been a professor in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies as well as in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy, where currently leads teacher education programming for undergraduate students. Her academic teaching and research interests have been related to the role of culture and discourse in textual comprehension, family literacy of Latinx communities, and creative expression. Her most recent works include understanding the role that multiliteracies/arts-based/creative teaching can have on bilingual Latinx student learning. Parallel to Leila Flores-Dueñas’ academic tenure at UNM, she has maintained a career in the arts with Carol Vigil, as Las Flores del Valle, a singing duo. Together they have written, performed and toured historical shows such as “Mujeres Mexicanas y Su Música” & “¡Soldadera!” Bringing to Light: Women’s Participation in the Mexican Revolution Through Images, Narratives and Songs.” Dr. Flores-Dueñas has also acted and performed in over 30 musicals and has provided musical direction and choreography for La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque, UNM’s La Posada Mágica, dramaturgy/Spanish for UNM’s Shoes for the Santo Niño Opera, and has been invited to sing for Nuestra Música at Santa Fe’s Lensic Theatre, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) as well as the Gene Autry Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, as corridistas and scholars of western song with Don Edwards.

Ray Hernández Durán, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Ray Hernández-Durán is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. He completed his B.A. and B.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. at The University of Chicago. His specialized courses focus on the visual and material cultures of the Indo-Hispanic Americas from 1496 through 1898, with research concentrations, geographically, in New Spain/Mexico/U.S. Southwest, and historically, in the 18th- and 19th centuries. He also teaches Baroque Art and Architecture, Arts of Spain, U.S. Latinx art, the Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa and African Diaspora, and Museum Studies. His work appears in such publications as, Revista de História da Arte e Arqueologia, Journal of Nineteenth-Century Studies, Hacia otra historia del arte en México, Buen Gusto and Classicism in the Visual Cultures of Latin America 1780–1910, and The Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs. His book, The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (2017) will be followed by the monograph, A Historiography of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855–1934 (forthcoming). Ray has been the recipient of various awards, including: two Title VI F.L.A.S. Fellowships, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Nigeria, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Mexico City, a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and most recently, a Fulcrum Fund grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. He is currently faculty advisor to the graduate journal, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas.

Melisa García, Associate Editor
Melisa Garcia is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on the use of multimodal texts and other forms of literate expression to provide students with opportunities to explore and compose multifaceted forms of writing. By looking at the various ways that students are able to gain agency and write in diverse forms of English that are familiar to them, educators can offer them accessible ways of expressing themselves. An underlying theme of this research is to look at how students should have their own rights to use their home languages and culture to represent themselves in their work. As well, Melisa is a poet, whose compositions can be found in works such as “A Guayaba's Heart,” a poetry collection that is utilizes memory as a binding for the themes of language, family, and Central American landscapes. The poetry collection takes a close look at these themes through a generational lens and gives space to the unveiling of family secrets, the imaginary homeland, and interweaving binaries of language. https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/90

Patricia Perea, Literary Arts Editor
Dr. Patricia Marie Perea received her Ph.D. in the Department of American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2010. A native of the Texas Panhandle, by way of Dilia, New Mexico and Del Rio, Texas, Patricia received her B.A. of English from West Texas A&M University and her M.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. While at the University of New Mexico, Patricia completed her dissertation: Ghostly I(s)/Eyes: The Formation of Mexican American Subjectivity in Life Narratives. The focus of her dissertation and graduate work was Chicana/o Autobiography and Chicana/o Film. While a graduate student she published two scholarly reviews in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicana and Chicano Studies and The Journal of Education Studies. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Patricia left New Mexico to teach Native American Studies and Chicana/o Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Since returning to New Mexico, Dr. Perea has become involved in non-profit organizations such as Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute in Santa Clara Pueblo. She is also the chair of the Chicana/o Studies Lecture Series. Currently, Patricia is beginning her latest research project on the racialization of Mexican Americans and Mexicana/os in the Texas Panhandle. She is also a published poet and reads her work at local venues around New Mexico. A great-great granddaughter of Martita Baca, a Dilia weaver and colchera, Patricia has also taken up weaving and colcha.

Patricia Rosas-Lopátegui, Spanish Language Editor
Nació en Tuxpan, Veracruz (1954). Es profesora de literatura mexicana e hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Nuevo México, Estados Unidos. De Elena Garro ha publicado su biografía en dos volúmenes: Yo sólo soy memoria (1999) y Testimonios sobre Elena Garro (2002). El periodismo de la escritora lo reunió en la edición crítica El asesinato de Elena Garro (2005 y 2014), y su poesía inédita bajo el título: Cristales de tiempo (2016). Elaboró las antologías Óyeme con los ojos: De Sor Juana al siglo XXI y Transgresión femenina (2010), entre otras. También editó el teatro de Elena Garro en Obras reunidas II (2009); Nahui Olin: sin principio ni fin (2011) y las Obras completas de Guadalupe Dueñas (2017). Desde 1980 difunde la vida y obra de Elena Garro. Además de ofrecer conferencias en México, Estados Unidos, Italia y España, ha escrito ensayos académicos, artículos y notas informativas sobre la autora de Los recuerdos del porvenir.

Levi Romero, Poetry Editor
Levi Romero, Assistant Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies, and director of the New Mexico Cultural Studies Certificate Program in CCS, is from the Embudo Valley of northern New Mexico. Romero’s documentary work focuses on cultural landscapes studies and sustainable building methodologies of northern New Mexico, including centuries-old traditions of acequia systems, molinos, salas and other agrarian and cultural contexts related to the upper Rio Grande watershed. He is currently working on an oral history project, Following the Manito Trail, chronicling the diaspora of Nuevo Méxicanos to Wyoming and other parts of the southwest. He is also assisting on several community projects, including La Sala Filantropica as an Oral History Documentation and Archive Center in Embudo. He is the author of several award-winning books, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland, A Poetry of Remembrance, and In the Gathering of Silence. His film documentary, Going Home Homeless, received the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Taos Short Films Festival. He was awarded the post of New Mexico Centennial Poet in 2012.

Monica Sánchez, Playwriting Editor
Mónica Sánchez, holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico and is currently Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Over three decades, she has honed the craft of professional actor, written and developed work collaboratively and independently for the stage; directed a handful of productions-- small and large; and enjoyed a myriad of assignments as a teaching artist and community engagement facilitator. A New Mexico native, she began her career in the theatre with La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque before becoming the founding Theatre Director of Working Classroom in Albuquerque, NM. For nearly 25 years she worked in the professional theatres of San Francisco and Los Angeles where her collaborations include El Teatro Campesino, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Culture Clash, The Latino Theatre Company, Campo Santo, South Coast Repertory, San Diego Repertory as well as playwrights, Octavio Solís, and Luís Alfaro. dramatista.com

Moisés Santos, Associate Editor
Moises Santos is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of History at the University of New Mexico. His specialization is in Southwest Borderland Studies, Chicanx Studies, and Transnational Studies in the 20th century. His research focuses on alternative forms of education among Chicanx communities in the U.S. Southwest. He worked previously as an associate editor for the New Mexico Historical Review, and as the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Regeneracion Tlacuilolli, a graduate student journal at UCLA. Moises is an instructor for the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at UNM, and the History and American Studies departments at Central New Mexico Community College.

Irene Vásquez, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Irene Vásquez received her PhD from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds the position of Chair of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. Under her leadership, from 2013-2015, UNM established a Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies. Irene Vásquez specializes in the intersectional histories and politics of Mexican-descent populations in the Americas. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. and transnational social and political movements. She co-authored a book on the Chicana and Chicano Movement titled, Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement: Ideology, 1966-1977, published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has written several essays in English and Spanish on the historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Latin American descent peoples in the Americas. Irene Vásquez co-edited the The Borders In All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Societies, published by New World African Press. In addition, she has previously published essays on Indigenous peoples in what is today northern Mexico. Her current project is a history survey of Chicana women in the U.S. In the area of K-12 Education service, Irene Vásquez serves as President of Semillas Sociedad Civil, a nonprofit organization that founded the first K-12 International Baccalaureate World Schools in Los Angeles, including Xinaxcalmecac: Academia Semillas del Pueblo and Anahuacalmecac: International University Preparatory High School of North America.