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Ella Maria Diaz

Associate Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 65
434 Rockefeller Hall



Ella Maria Diaz received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary and taught several courses at William and Mary between 2004 and 2005. She developed the College's first Chicana Literature course in the spring of 2005. Her research pertains to the interdependence of Chicano/a and U.S. Latino/a literary and visual cultures. Her dissertation, “Flying Under the Radar with The Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics of Space and Ethnic Identity” explores these intersections and, for this project, she received The College of William and Mary’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2010. She was a Lecturer in The School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute between 2006 until 2012, where she continued to hone her research for her current book project on the historical consciousness of a Chicano/a arts collective that produced major and canonical works of poetry, art, and literature. Diaz has published through U.C. Santa Barbara’s ImaginArte and with Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.


  • American Studies Program
  • English
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
  • Latina/o Studies Program
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • English Language and Literature
  • Latino Studies


  • U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures and visual cultures
  • Critical studies
  • Feminist studies
  • U.S. Latina/o diaspora