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Lilliana Saldaña

Associate Professor
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Dr. Lilliana Patricia Saldaña is from San Antonio, Texas, and is an Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies at UTSA where she also serves as program coordinator for the MAS program and is co-director of UTSA’s MAS Teachers’ Academy which offers professional development for K-12 teachers and community educators.


As an activist scholar, Saldaña’s scholarship intersects Chicna/x/o studies, decolonial and anti-colonial studies, and education studies, and centers intellectual traditions from social movements. She’s published in nationally recognized journals, including Latinos & Education, Decolonization: Indigeneity, education & society, and Association of Mexican American Educators Journal. She is currently working on various scholarly book projects, including one that documents and examines the history of settler colonial public celebrations like Fiesta San Antonio in barrio schools.


As a public intellectual, Saldaña bridges community and academia through innovative teaching, public scholarship, and professional service to the field and the community. She is actively involved in the statewide organizing efforts to expand MAS in K-12 schools and currently serves on the board of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center which promotes social justice through cultural arts programming and historical preservation. She also serves on the board of the National Institute on Mexican American History of Civil Rights – the first institute of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to researching and documenting historic and contemporary civil rights milestones in education, voting rights, economic justice, and other civil rights forged in San Antonio and South Texas.