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Dr. Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla (she, her, ella) is an Assistant in Public and Digital Humanities in the Modern Languages and Literature Department with the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As a transfronteriza from El Paso-Cd. Juárez border region, leveraging her personal experiences with her interdisciplinary background, her research, teaching and community work is situated at the intersections of Decolonial and Postcolonial Public and Digital Humanities, US Latinx-Latin American Borderlands Literature, Community Archives, Languages and Cultural Heritage, Intersectional and Transnational Feminisms and Social Movements and US-Mexico Transborder Studies.

Formerly, Fernández was an Assistant Professor in the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University and was the Public and Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Hall Center for the Humanities, Institute of Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) and The Commons at the University of Kansas. She earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies (Literature) with certifications in Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies, Digital Humanities and Spanish as a Heritage Language from the University of Houston and served as Teaching Assistant in the Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish as a Heritage Language programs and Research Assistant with Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program. 

Her bilingual scholarship (English and Spanish) has appeared in HispaniaLiteratura Mexicana ContemporáneaEstudios de Género y SexualidadesReviews in Digital HumanitiesDebates in Digital HumanitiesDigital Humanities Quarterly, among other journals and volumes. She was the invited editor for the first bilingual special issue of “Borderlands Digital Humanities” in the online journal Reviews in DH.  Currently, she is working on a hybrid book project, "Geographies of Transborder-Intersectional Identities in Public and Digital Humanities," which traces new models of borderlands representations and narratives through ground-up data, archives, visualizations and digital and public work in the Mexico-USA border region. Fernández has taught courses in Border, US Latinx and Latin American Literature, Women’s Studies, Spanish Language, Digital Storytelling, Multilingual Archives and Global Digital Humanities. She has mentored and worked together with undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and Mexico to support their academic and professional paths.

Fernández collaborates with faculty, students, library professionals, artists and community members leveraging digital technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. She is among the creators and principal coordinators of warmly received public and digital transnational, interdisciplinary and multilingual projects that bring about social justice change in the digital and analog record through consciousness-raising. Some of these projects include Borderlands Archives CartographyTorn Apart/ SeparadosUnited FronterasHuellas IncómodasDelis Negrón Digital Archive, and has collaborated in various projects including Mellon and NEH grant awarded projects such as, Stories for AllPublic Digital Humanities Institute 2022, “All Our Nations Language Revitalization Hub” and  “Yo Soy Porque Tú Eres: Recursos para el Aprendizaje de Español en Contexto.” She is currently co-developing  GeoTestimonios Transfronterizos, supported by the Ethical Practices of Transborder Arts Funds from the Rubin Center, “Latin American Women’s Rights Movements: Tracing Online Presence through Language, Time, and Space,” awarded by Archives Unleashed and "Fuerza Feminista: Archiving Feminist Movements against Feminicides and Gender Violence." 

She loves and respects nature, likes to travel around the world, try new foods, listen to and learn from all different types of people's stories and cultures, and does scuba diving whenever it is possible. 


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