A native of Texas and
California, having grown up both in Mexico and the United States,
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs spent time in Los Angeles (where she earned
two B.A.’s in Spanish and French, two minors in Anthropology and
Sociology and a Latin American Studies Emphasis in four years, while
also having spent more than a year in France). She lived in
Northern California (where she earned teaching and administrative credentials, UCSC,
and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in
Spanish) at Stanford University, before coming to Washington in July of
2000 to begin a career as an assistant professor at Seattle University.
After being tenured in March 2006, Gutiérrez y Muhs was named the
2007-2009 Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity Studies at Seattle
Gutiérrez y Muhs’ research
interests lie principally in the areas of Chican@/Latin@ and Latin
American literatures, cultural studies and feminist theory, but her
intellectual and teaching interests incorporate literary and cultural
theory, Latin American Studies and the study of Immigration, and the
shifting of international positions towards ethnicity and identity. Her
main theoretical concern centers on theorizing Chican@/ Latin@/Mexican@
Gutiérrez y Muhs has taught include ,"Emerging Subjectivities in Chican@
Literature, " Latin American Women’s Literature," " Latin American and
Spanish Culture and Civilization," "Women, Ethnicity and Culture," and
"Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition."
Gutiérrez y Muhs’
publications include several essays, encyclopedia entries, opinion
pieces and other cultural work on Chicana subjectivity, popular culture,
transnationalism, spirituality, feminist theory, and cross-cultural
issues. She is the author of the poetry collection A Most Improbable
Life (Finishing Line Press), and the forthcoming novel Invitations: Malgré Tout as well as her collection of interviews,
and theorization of cultural exile:
Chicanas, Chilenas and Cultural Exile
Lexington Books, 2007).
Her forthcoming co-edited books include
Rebozos de Palabras:
An Helena María Viramontes Reader,
and La Pluma Pintada: A José Antonio Burciaga Reader.
For the past fifteen years, she has been actively delivering poetry
readings, motivational talks and keynote speeches nationally and
internationally at conferences, trainings, schools and events.