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About the Associate Vice Chancellor

Maria Herrera-Sobek

Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy

Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair, 1997-2009
Chicana and Chicano Studies

Maria Herrera-Sobek

MARIA HERRERA-SOBEK is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy and Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was the Luis Leal Endowed Chair during the 1997 – 2009 period. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from UCLA and has taught at UC Irvine, Harvard University, and Stanford University.

Her publications include: The Bracero Experience: Elitelore Versus Folklore; The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis; Northward Bound: The Mexican Immigrant Experience in Ballad and Song; and Chicano Folklore: A Handbook. She has edited/co-edited the following books: Beyond Stereotypes: A Critical Analysis of Chicana Literature; Chicana Creativity and Criticism; Gender and Print Culture; Reconstructing a Chicano/a Literary Heritage: Hispanic Colonial Literature of the Southwest; Chicana (W)rites: On Word and Film; Saga de México; Culture Across Borders: The Popular Culture of Mexican Immigration; Cultura: Al otro lado de la frontera: Immigración y cultura popular; Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage: Vol. III; Power, Race and Gender in Academe; Santa Barraza: Artist of the Borderlands; Chicano Renaissance; Perspectivas transatlánticas en la literature chicana; and Violence and Transgression in World Minority Literatures. Editor/coeditor of Special Issues including: Journal of American Studies Association, Turkey (JAST); Concentric Journal (Taiwan); Nerter (Canary Islands); American Studies Journal of Germany (2012). Editor, Sandra Cisneros: A Reader (2010). Associate Editor: The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011); Editor: Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions 3 Vols. (2012). Herrera-Sobek has published over 140 scholarly articles and published her poetry in journals and anthologies.

HONORS/AWARDS/ELECTED POSITIONS

    Modern Language Association, Division of Chicano and Latino Literature Distinguished Scholar Award (2004); UCLA Spanish and Portuguese Department’s Distinguish Alumnus for 2007-08; Vice President International Association of Inter-American Studies, 2009 – Present; Hispa/USA Luis Leal Scholarly Award (Spain) (2012); American Folklore Society Américo Paredes Prize for scholarly contributions (201).

MAJOR GRANTS

  • NSF – PAID (Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination) three year grant ($500,000) UCSB Co-PI (2007-2010)
  • NSF ADVANCE Grant $300,000 Co- Principal Investigator (2011-2014)