Central American cultural studies, U.S.-Latina/o studies, and contemporary Latin Americanist literary, cultural, and social theory
Yajaira Padilla received her B.A. in Literature and Latin American and Chicano/Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. in Literature (Spanish) from the University of California, San Diego.
Professor Padilla's teaching and research interests include Central American cultural studies, U.S.-Latina/o studies, and contemporary Latin Americanist literary, cultural, and social theory. Her work has appeared in Latin American Perspectives, Latino Studies, and the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies among others. Her book manuscript Changing Women, Changing Nation: Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives is due out with SUNY Press in June 2012. Currently, she is working on a new book focused on the politics of belonging and non-belonging among Central Americans in the US.
Last updated on December 2, 2011.