Norma E. Cantú, Ph.D.
Professor (Emeritus)

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Phone: (210) 363-4736
Blog: El Camino: A Year Later


Latina/o literatures, Chicana/o literatures, border studies, folklore, women's studies, creative writing


Norma Elia Cantú, Professor Emerita, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, respectively, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. At Laredo State University, later renamed Texas A&M International University, she taught and served as Chair and Interim Dean. She was a senior arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC and was Acting Chair of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She taught Latinx Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and is currently the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University.

Her teaching interests include Folklore, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Contemporary Literary Theory, Border Studies, Chicano/a and Latina/o Literatures. Dr. Cantú has published articles on a number or academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. Her publications on border literature, the teaching of English, quinceañera celebrations and the matachines, a religious dance tradition have earned her an international reputation as a scholar and folklorist. She has co-edited and edited over 20 books. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at The Texas A&M University Press and the Literatures of the Americas at Palgrave/Macmillan. Her award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. Her most recent publications include Cabañuelas, a novel and Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor. In 2020 she published two co-edited anthologies meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction and Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldua: Pedagogy and Practice for our Classrooms and Communities.







Recent Courses


  • Topics in Mexican American Literature: Chicana and Chicano Drama
  • Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States


  • Latina/o Studies: Text and Context--Topic: Spanglish
  • Special Topics: Spanish Origins of Chicana/o Folklore
  • Latino Studies Seminar: Texts and Contexts--Historical and Theoretical Perspectives


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