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Latina/o Studies

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Latina/o Studies Program
Dept. 4297, Ross Hall 106
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307)766-4127
Fax: (307)766-2555


Dr. Vanessa Fonseca

Assistant Professor Latina/o Studies & English


Vanessa Fonseca joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2013. She teaches courses in Chicano Literature, Transnational Literature of the Americas, and Non-Western Women Writers. Her research focuses on contemporary manifestations of colonial relationships in Chicano literary and cultural production, looking specifically at the effects of multiple layers of colonial relationships from the Spanish colonial period to the present. She currently is working on a co-edited book project which examines the international presence of Chicano literature.


Ph.D. in Spanish Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Chicano Literature. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ

M.A. in Hispanic Southwest Studies. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM

B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Business Management. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.


Latina/o Studies



In Preparation:

Fonseca, Vanessa. Contemporary Manifestations of Colonial Relationships in Chicano/a

Literary and Cultural Production, 1610-2009. Book manuscript.

Fonseca, Vanessa. “Don Juan de Oñate and the Vestiges of Colonial Power in The Last Conquistador (2008) by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra.”

Fonseca, Vanessa. “Regionalism and Rivalries in Jesús Salvador Treviño’s Eyewitness: A Filmmakers Memoir of the Chicano Movement.”

Rosales, Jesús and Vanessa Fonseca, eds. Spanish Perspectives on Chicano Literature: Literary and Cultural Essays. Book manuscript.

Under Review:

Chang, Aurora, Vanessa Fonseca, Lilia Soto, Dolores Cardona. “Interdisciplinary Latina Faculty/Staff Testimonios on Scholarship Production.” Chicana/Latina Studies (refereed).

Fonseca, Vanessa. “El tercer espacio y el mestizaje en el método poscolonial para la liberación del pueblo chicano en Los muertos también cuentan (1995) de Miguel Méndez.” Revista de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (RANLE) (refereed).

Published Works

Refereed Journal Articles:

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2011. “El espacio de la Libertad y la héroe chicana en González and Daughter Trucking Co. de María Amparo Escandón.” Puentes. 8: (Spring) 80-90.

Refereed Chapters in Books:

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2012. “Rosaura Sánchez: crítica marxista y máxima expresión del La Jolla Circle: sus contribuciones a la crítica chicana, la sociolingüística y la recuperación de la obra decimonónica de María Amparo Ruiz de Burton.” In: Chican@s y mexican@s norten@s: Bi-Borderlands Dialogues on Literary and Cultural Production, eds. Graciela Silva-Rodríguez and Manuel de Jesús Hernández-G. 73-110.

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2014. “El legado cultural nuevomexicano en los pueblos abandonados: los cuentos del valle de Río Puerco y Atarque. Nuevo México en Recuerdos de los viejitos: Tales from the Río Puerco (1987) de Nasarío García y Atarque: Now All is Silent (2007) de Pauline Chávez-Bent.” In: Crossing the Borders of Imagination, ed. María del Mar Torrijos. Alcalá de Henares, Spain: Instituto Franklin. 203-216.

Fonseca, Vanessa, Forthcoming. “Images, Identities and Realities in Romance of a Little Village Girl (1955) and Canícula: Snapshots of Girlhood en la frontera (1995).” In: Word Images: A Norma Elía Cantú Reader, ed. Gabriela Gutiérrez y Muhs.

Fonseca, Vanessa, Forthcoming. “La intersección de la vida política y literaria en las novelas Al filo del agua (1947) y Las vueltas del tiempo (1973) de Agustín Yañez.” Bold Heroes and Noble Bandidas, ed. Gary Keller. Bilingual Review Press.

Courses teaching:

Spring 2015      CHST 4470: Chicano Folklore (Chicano Spirituality)

Spring 2015      CHST 3560: Chicano Community Organization

Fall 2014           ENGL 3610/CHST 4990: Non-Western Women Writers (Contemporary U.S. Latina Writers)

Fall 2014          CHST 2360/ENGL 2360: Mexican-American Literature (Chicano/a Autobiography)

Summer 2014   CHST 1100: Introduction to Chicano Studies

Spring 2014     CHST 2360/ENGL2360/SPAN 4990: Mexican-American Literature (Chicano/a Autobiography, taught in Spanish)

Spring 2014     CHST 3200/ENGL 3200/WMST 3200: Chicana Perspectives (Mexican-American Women Writers)

Fall 2013          ENGL 4600: Studies in the Transnational Picaresque


Links of Dr. Fonseca's Work

Fonseca and Heritage Language:


UW English Department Newsletter 2013

Fonseca discusses her work on PBS Arizona:

Fonseca receives the 2013 NACCS Antonia I. Castañeda Award:

Fonseca in Arizona State University News:


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Vanessa Fonseca CV


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