Gabriela Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History

Gabriela Gonzalez, Ph.D.


Spring 2024 Office Hours: TBD.

Gabriela González is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches courses on the US-Mexico borderlands, Latinx history, women’s history, and historical methods. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University in 2005 and is a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow.

Professor González is the author of Redeeming La Raza: Transborder Modernity, Race, Respectability, and Rights published by Oxford University Press in July 2018.

González has written articles on transborder activists, among these “Carolina Munguía and Emma Tenayuca: The Politics of Benevolence and Radical Reform, the 1930s,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, A Special Issue on Gender on the Borderlands, vol. 24, no. 2-3, edited by Antonia Castañeda and Sue Armitage, Spring 2004. Reprinted by the University of Nebraska in 2007 and "Jovita Idar: The Ideological Origins of a Transnational Advocate for La Raza," in Texas Women: Their Lives and Times, edited by Stephanie Cole, Rebecca Sharpless, and Elizabeth Hayes Turner (University of Georgia Press), 2015.

Currently, Professor González is working on a book-length political biography of Jovita Idar. She is also completing a study of California activist Josefina Fierro de Bright to be published in The Journal of California History as part of their Centennial California women in politics issue in November 2020. Recently she completed a book chapter that will appear in the NEH-funded Jose T. Canales Anthology commemorating the Centennial of the Canales Texas Rangers Investigation which will be published by the University of Texas Press. González is also working on a couple of encyclopedia articles for the Handbook of Texas Women and American National Biography Online.

González was interviewed for a PBS American Masters-affiliated project titled The Unladylike 2020 Documentary Series celebrating the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. She is also among the historians interviewed by the PBS-affiliated “Citizens at Last” Texas women suffrage documentary project. The New Books Network interviewed Professor González on her book for their podcast series on Latino Studies.

Professor González recently completed a term on the Texas State Historical Association’s Liz Carpenter Book Prize committee and currently serves on the TSHA 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee. She also serves on the Citizens At Last Advisory Board and the Handbook of Texas Women Advisory Board. Professor González has participated in several teaching workshops such as history teacher workshops through Humanities Texas and the UTSA-Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop. In these workshops, she has delivered presentations on Mexican American human and civil rights histories and led middle school teachers in pedagogical and primary source analysis workshops.

Professor González was selected by UTSA students for special recognition on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day.

Research Interests

  • Chicana/o History
  • U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
  • Gender Studies
  • Social and Political History

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