Dept. 4297, Ross Hall 106
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Lecturer Latina/o Studies Program
M.A., University of Wyoming
B.A., University of Southern California
Estella Soto is a writer and educator from San Diego, California. Ms. Soto has a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Southern California and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Wyoming. As a fiction writer and an educator, her research interests revolve around the stories Chicano people tell time and time again. Ms. Soto believes that “these narratives, used as reference points across generations, shape the identities of individuals within the Chicano culture.” Ms. Soto is interested in examining Chicano Folklore in its historical context and its manifestations in contemporary Popular Culture, with particular emphasis on gender and sexuality as they pertain to the archetypes of La Llorona and La Virgen de Guadalupe, el Vaquero and the modern cowboy, and Morrissey’s Latino fan base.
As an educator, she has worked with students of all ages. For the University of Wyoming, Ms. Soto has taught courses in Latina/o Popular Culture, Mexican Folklore, Composition and Creative Writing. She also designed and taught a Creative Workshop at the Wyoming Girls School, a therapeutic and educational facility for the treatment of delinquent teen girls. Ms. Soto works full-time with kindergarten students at Laramie Montessori Public Charter School where she is currently working to complete her Montessori teaching certification
Studies in Chicano Folklore (Cross-listed with ENGL 4470)
Latino Popular Culture: Art, Literature, & Media (Summer Session 2014)