Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Cornell University

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Nicole Guidotti-Hernández



Transnational Feminisms; Critical Race Studies; Chicana/o Studies; Latina/o Studies; Borderlands History; American Studies; Violence and Citizenship; and Indigeneity and Nationalisms.


Dr. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández is the inaugural chair of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o and Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She served on the faculty of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona for eight years. She received her doctorate degree from Cornell University in 2004 and her M.A. from Cornell University in 2000. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997. Her book titled Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries with Duke University Press is a feminist intervention into discourses of nationalism, mestizaje and victimization that characterize the historicization of violence along the border between 1851 and 1910. It won the 2011-12 MLA prize for Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies, and was a finalist for the 2012 Berkshire Women’s History Association First Book Prize. Her articles such as “Reading Violence, Making Chicana Subjectivities” appear in anthologies such as Techno/futuros: Genealogies, Power, Desire (2007), edited by Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustin Lao-Montes. She has also published in journals such as Women’s Studies International Forum, Social Text, Cultural Dynamics, The Latinamericanist, and Latino Studies, where her article “Dora the Explorer, Constructing “Latinidades” and the Politics of Global Citizenship” is one of the most downloaded articles in the history of the journal. Professor Guidotti-Hernández is currently at work on two book length projects. The first, Queering Borderlands Masculinities examines three cases studies about Mexican revolutionary Enrique Flores-Magón’s emotional life in exile, photo documentation of the homoerotics of abjection through the Bracero Program in the Salinas Valley, and actor Danny Trejo’s Body as archive, to argue that a queer reading shows the unintended consequences of how nations, individuals, photographers, and communities depicted such masculinized bodies as the pathological limits of gender normativity. The second book is tentatively titled A Tale of Two Sisters: The Santa Cruz Family in the Making of Race, Gender, and Capitalism in the Transnational Nineteenth Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. It traces the ascent and descent of three generations of Tucsonense Mexicana Indigenous women’s movement along the capitalist and racial spectrum from 1836 to 1950. The two sisters named in the title, Atanacia Santa Cruz de Hughes and Petra Santa Cruz Stevens (Spanish and Pima Indian), served as community brokers of social and capitalist relations in the transformation from Mexican to U.S. territory for the Tucson pueblo between 1850-1910. Transnational Feminisms; Critical Race Studies; Chicana/o Studies; Latina/o Studies; Borderlands History; American Studies; Violence and Citizenship; and Indigeneity and Nationalisms.


MAS 177 • Mellon Mays Program Seminar

36050 • Fall 2016
Meets W 200pm-300pm GWB 1.138

The MMUF Student Research Success for Academic Careers summer workshop will focus MMUF researchers on their summer projects. The course will feature units on methodology, understanding and constructing bibliographies, annotation, literature reviews, and writing skills, including emphasis on sharing writing with cohort peers.

MAS 374 • Latina/O Pop

36207 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 330pm-500pm BUR 228
(also listed as AMS 370)


This course examines how Latinas/os have been a major force in the production of  popular culture. In particular we will critically examine discourses of “Latinidad” (a seamless construction of Latinos as a monolithic group) in the corporate production of identities.  This lack of attention to national origin and historical specificity is one definition of Latinidad.  Latinidad also provides the contradictory grounds where consumer culture meets Latina/o performance. Some artists choose to reappropriate commercial spaces as sites of empowerment, while others are complicit in perpetuating stereotypical representations of Latinas/os.  With special attentiveness to the body,  we will explore the construction of Latina/o identities as they influence and produce particular racial, sexual and gendered identities. The body becomes an essential marker of “Latinidad,”  which is constantly connected to notions of sexuality. We will also examine the material effects of such cultural and commercial practices upon U.S. Latino populations, reminding us that there are real-world implications for these performances as they commodify Latina/o culture.  To account for the shifts in notions of performance and cultural practices, the focus of the course will center Latina/o/Chicana/o musical production, movies, television, advertising, magazines, literary texts, performance art, murals, installation art, music videos, and animation within a historical context.                 



Class Participation (discussions and attendance)          25%

Oral Presentation                                                      5%

Quizzes                                                                    15%

Essay 1 and 2                                                           25%

Prospectus Final Essay                                               5%

Final Paper                                                                25%


Possible Texts

Habel-Palan and Romero, Latina/o Popular Culture

Leguizamo, Freak

Lipsitz, Footsteps in the Dark

Rivera, New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone


Films/ TV Shows

1951-1957-I Love Lucy

1997- Selena

1998- Freak

2001-Dora The Explorer


Upper-division standing required. Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing, Cultural Diversity

MAS 374 • Fem Intervntns Borderlands His

36022 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A217A
(also listed as AMS 370, WGS 340)

This seminar will provide undergraduates with an in-depth understanding of the social, economic, and spatial transformations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries U.S.- Mexico borderlands. In particular, we will examine how Indian removal, the Texas wars for Independence, the Mexican American war of 1848, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo continue to influence how ideas of nation, space and citizenship (or lack thereof) are articulated in these regions today. Lastly, this course operates from a feminist scholarly perspective, demonstrating the role of both transnational analysis and the pivotal role of the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in forming this distinct regional history.

In addition, students will engage in their own archival research projects during the semester.  Juxtaposed with contextual historical and methodological essays, we will examine the concerns, anxieties and preoccupations with the contested nature of gender, race, subjectivity and sexuality in the nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S./Mexico Borderlands.                 



25% Final Paper

10% Prospectus and Bibliography

10% Presentation

25% Position Papers

30% Attendance and Class Participation


Possible Texts

Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of A Woman

James Brooks, Captives and Cousins

Ned Blackhawk, Violence Over the Land

Dena Gonzlaez, Refusing the Favor

Guidotti-Hernández, Unspeakable Violence

Adina de Zavala, History and Legends of the Alamo and Other Missions in and around San Antonio

Jovita Gonzalez, Dew on the Thorn

Encarnación Pinedo, El Cocinero Español


Upper-division standing required.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing

MAS 319 • Chicano Lit & Popular Culture

35745 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 3.116
(also listed as AMS 315)

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Duke University Press, Latin America Otherwise Series. Forthcoming, September 2011

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