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Faculty and Staff


Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull
Executive Director
Sonia.Saldivarhull@utsa.edu

 


Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull is our executive director of The Women's Studies Institute, and Professor of English at UTSA. Dr. Saldivar-Hull published Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature, and she'™s the co-editor of El Mundo Xurdo 2 and 3 published by the top feminist press Aunt Lute. She also has published many powerful essays such as the "Critical Introduction" to the second edition of Gloria Anzald€ua™'s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Dr. Saldi­var-Hull is from El Rio Grande Valley, Tejas, and she'€™s a mera mera in the Chicana/o Studies field. She has dedicated her academic life highlighting the previously silenced artistry of Chicana authors, such as her feminist inspirations Sandra Cisneros and Helena Mara Viramontes. Dr. Saldi­var-Hull is best known for her mentorship and dedication to her students. Many of her students are currently in tenure or tenure-track teaching positions across the country, and continues to inspire future generations of underrepresented students in higher education.



Dr. Annette Portillo

Associate Professor

Annette.Portillo@utsa.edu


Dr. Annette Portillo is the undergraduate advisor of record (UGAR), Assessments Coordinator and Internship Coordinator for the Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Studies Institute. Dr. Portillo published Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories: Native American Women’s Autobiography (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) and multiple interdisciplinary articles in high venue presses. Her research focuses on life stories, testimonios, pedagogy and autobiographies by women of color. She received her B.A. in Literatures in English from the University of California, San Diego and her M.A. & Ph.D. in English from Cornell University with an emphasis in Native American and Chicana Literature and Culture. She has taught comparative ethnic studies courses at Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College and Nevada State College where she developed the Ethnic Studies Program. Her pedagogical approach is one that is engaged as she values each student’s expressions and emphasizes collective dialogue. She strongly believes in “practicing testimonio” in the classroom as it becomes a site for consciousness-raising as well as a space for healing. And throughout her academic career she has prioritized teaching and mentorship of underrepresented and underserved populations. She is currently serving as an academic coach for first generation students – with whom she shares her own experiences as a first-gen student and now faculty member. Dr. Portillo is also a member of the Consortium for Social Transformation, African American Studies Advising Committee and is an affiliated faculty member with the Mexican American Studies and American Studies Programs. She is currently working on a developing a major in Indigenous Studies.





Carolyn Motley
Administrator
Carolyn.Motley@utsa.edu


 




Megan Elizabeth Nieto

WSI Instructor


Megan Elizabeth Nieto is a PhD candidate studying English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include multiethnic literature, film, and performance; transnational feminisms; and reproductive health. She has taught a variety of English courses, including rhetoric and composition classes, surveys of American literature, and literary criticism and analysis, as well as English as a Second Language. She is currently teaching Introduction to Women’s Studies and Feminism and Globalization. She earned her master’s degree from Texas A&M International University and was a recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship. She recently attended the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power summer school in Barcelona.





Dr. Susana N. Ramirez

WSI Instructor


Dr. Susana N. Ramírez is a nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and promotora-researcher of Indigenous ways. She is a first-generation Chicana college student who recently earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) and teaches Women and Gender Studies courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Ramírez’s research broadly speaking, examines feminists and queer people of color who use transnational and decolonial spiritual activisms as a means of personal, social, and environmental transformation. She calls these complex, fluid, porous, changeable, and multidimensional personal (local) and collective (global) strategies, nepantlerX cosmologies. Dr. Ramírez published “Recovering Gloria Anzaldúa’s Sci-Fi Roots: Nepantler@ Visions in the Unpublished and Published Speculative Precursors to Borderlands,” as part of a refereed journal and anthology on Latinx speculative literature, film, and popular culture. She also has a refereed chapter in El Mundo Zurdo 6, an anthology by feminist publisher Aunt Lute Books of revised conference proceedings from the 2017 International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Dr. Ramírez calls south Los Angeles, San Antonio, Tejas, and México her homes, and currently lives with her five pets and partner. 





Anissa Lopez

WSI Intern


Anissa Lopez is currently a senior, pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies. She hopes to go on to grad school in Spring 2019 to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, with the hopes of being able to help queer youth in her community. She is originally from the Rio Grande Valley but currently resides in San Antonio. She is the leader and co-founder of the Bisexual/ Pansexual Caucus within the LGBTQIA organization Spectrum at UTSA. The caucus aims to educate and provide a safe space for queer students, regardless of gender and sexual identity. Anissa can be seen volunteering around the San Anto community, at concerts, or around the city with a camera in her hand.





Tanya Speed

WSI Intern


Tanya M. Speed is a senior and an undergraduate in the Honors College working towards a degree in Women’s Studies and English. She is set to graduate at the end of the fall 2018 semester. Her future plans include pursuing her M.A. in English before seeking a doctoral degree in Cultural or Ethnic Studies. 



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