Susana L. Gallardo, Ph.D.

Curriculum vitae

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Dissertation: “I Never Left the Church”: Redefining Chicana/o Catholic Religious Identities in San Jose, California”

Advisors: Hester Gelber (Religious Studies), Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano (Ibero-Latin American Cultures), Renato Rosaldo (Anthropology)

Work in Progress

“‘Even Our Own Church...:’ an Anatomy of Religious Change in Three Acts,” in process for Religion & American Culture

“Decentering the Parish: Strategies of a Chicano Citizen-Priest,” in process for American Catholic Studies

“Reflections of a Humanities Techie: Teaching Web Literacy at an Urban State University,” in process for Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)

“I Never Left the Church”: Redefining Chicana/o Catholic Religious Identities in San Jose, California. Book manuscript in process

Awards and Honors

CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Fellowship, San Jose State University, May 2011

Social Science Summer Research Grant, College of Social Science, San Jose State University, May 2011

UCSB Chicana Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Chicano Studies, UCSB, 1995-96

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Honorary; fellowship declined), 1995-96

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minority Scholars, New York, New York, 1995-96

New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project Dissertation Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994-96

Irvine Minority Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, University of San Francisco (declined), 1995-96

Hispanic Dissertation Fellowship, Fund for Theological Education, New York, 1994-95

Chicana/o Fellows Program Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University, 1994-95

Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University, 1994-95 (declined)

Irvine Multicultural Research Grant, Stanford University, 6/94-8/94

Patricia R. Harris Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University, 1989-92


Forthcoming. “‘It’s Not a Natural Order:” The Emergence of Chicana Feminisms in Dialogue with Religious Belonging,” for Bronze Womanhood: Chicana Feminisms, Activism, and Leadership in the Chicano Movement, eds. Maylei Blackwell, Maria Cotera, Dionne Espinoza and Linda Garcia Merchant

“’Tía María de la Maternity Leave:’ Reflections on Race, Class & the Natural Birth Experience,” Mothers' Lives in Academia, eds. Mari Castaneda and Kirsten Isgro. New York: Columbia University Press, May 2013.

“Seven Different Words for ‘Cookie:’ Latina/o Identity in the United States” National Catholic Reporter, Sept 30, 2009.

“Feminisms.” In Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures, ed. Gary Laderman and Luis Leon. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Press, 2003.

Online Review, “Women & Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930”. For SiteScene online, American Studies Association, April 1999,

Papers Presented

Forthcoming. “‘It’s Not a Natural Order’: Chicana Catholic Subjectivities and the Paradox of Religious Communities,” Religion, Gender & Sexuality Lecture Series, Stanford University, Spring 2014.

“Towards the Formation of a Chicana Priest:’ Contesting the Catholic Church in San Jose, California,” National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 26, 2013.

“From Priest to SJSU Professor: The Chicano Religious Identities of Anthony Soto,” Spring 2011 Speaker Series, Division of Interdisciplinary Race and Gender Studies (DIRGS), San Jose State University, March 16, 2011.

"My major concern is not this particular Arizona law…. My concern is the spirit of fear that lies behind such laws in the hearts of growers and legislators across the country. Somehow these powerful men and women must be helped to realize that there is nothing to fear from treating their workers as fellow human beings." --Cesar Chavez, 1972close quotation mark

"In Memory of Gloria Anzaldua: excerpts from Gloria's online altar" (plenary panel), Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Annual Summer Institute, August 20, 2004.

“Making Religion: The Altarcito Tradition as Religious Practice,” American Studies National Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 12, 2000.

“Making Face, Making Soul, Making Websites: as Public Feminism,” Images of Women conference, Southwest Texas University, March 25, 2000.

“Assessing Educational Technology in The Word & the World” Stanford Learning Lab, Stanford University, October 6, 1999.

“Changing the Subject: Chicana/o Catholicism as ‘The Mexican problem’” Occidental College, Los Angeles, October 20, 1998.

“Sal Si Puedes”: Reform & Resistance in a Chicano Catholic Parish,” New Ethnic & Immigrant Congregation Project Conference, New York City, August 17, 1996.

“Transforming Religious Community: Chicana Catholics and Critical Discourse in San Jose, California,” American Ethnological Society Conference, April 21, 1996.

“‘No Voy a Sacarme Corazón:’ Embracing Subjectivity in Chicana Religious Ethnography.” National Association of Chicano Studies Conference, Spokane, Washington, March 31, 1995.

“'A Church of Their Own:’ Chicana Catholics and the Popular Religion Critique.” Western Historical Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 22, 1994.

“A Church of Their Own: Chicana/Mexicana Catholics in San Jose, California,” National Association of Chicano Studies Annual Conference, San Jose, California, March 27, 1993.

“‘Bad Catholics’: Chicana/os and the Church in the Southwest.” National Association of Chicano Studies Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 23, 1992, and Chicana/o Colloquia, Stanford Center for Chicano Research, 1992.

Teaching Experience

1/05—present Lecturer. Study of Women, Perspectives on Sex & Gender, Theory & Practice in Social Science, Race & Gender in Media. Women’s Studies/Interdisciplinary Social Science Department, San Jose State University, California

3/10—present Instructor. Intro to Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies. Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Studies of Race & Ethnicity Program, Stanford University.

6/08-7/08 Lecturer. Women of Color in the U.S. Ethnic Studies Department., UC Berkeley, California.

8/03—6/04 Instructor. Human Experience, Religion & Rights. Freshman Year Experience, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California.

1/03—5/03 Instructor. Chicana/o & Latina/o Religious Traditions. Religious Studies, Stanford University.

9/02—6/03 Instructor. Religion & the Making of American Identities. Religious Studies, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.

1/01—4/01 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Feminist Studies. Estelle Freedman. History & Feminist Studies, Stanford University.

1/98—5/98 Instructor. Religion and the Politics of Culture. Chicana Religious Expression. Religious Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

9/97—12/97 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Feminist Studies. Estelle Freedman. History & Feminist Studies, Stanford University.

3/97—6/97 Instructor. Chicana Feminist Approaches to Religion. Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

8/96—12/96 Instructor. Religion and the Politics of Culture. Chicana Religious Expression. Religious Studies, Occidental College

3/96—6/96 Instructor. Chicana Feminisms: Theory and Practice in the Religious Sphere. Chicano Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

9/94—12/94 Teaching Assistant. Chicano Life and Culture: Identity and Religion. Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano and Rudy V. Busto. Religious Studies, Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University

9/93—12/93 Teaching Assistant. Religion and Ethnicity. Rudy Busto, Religious Studies,

3/91—6/91 Stanford University

9/92—12/92 Teaching Assistant. Hebrew Bible, Alice Bach, Religious Studies, Stanford University. Also Magic, Science, and Religion, Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, Religious Studies, Stanford University

Research Experience

6/13—present Consultant, San Marcos Cemetery Project: Mexican American Burial Practices, Dr. Ana Juarez, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos.

1/00—8/02 Research Assistant to Estelle Freedman. History & Feminist Studies, Stanford University.

5/98—1/00 Research Assistant, Assessment Team, Stanford Learning Lab. Evaluated the use of communicative learning technologies in frosh humanities course, “The Word & the World.” Explored the use of discussion forums in large introductory courses, and student collaboration in group projects.

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." --Paulo Freireclose quotation mark

6/91—6/93 Research Assistant, Cultural Citizenship Project. Renato Rosaldo, Stanford Center for Chicano Research, Stanford University.

Field Research

Summer 2011, 2000-2002, 2005-2006 Fieldwork, Sal Si Puedes former residents and members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

1995-97 Comunidad independent Catholic liturgy group, San Jose, CA

1994 Summer fieldwork, Pilsen neighborhood Catholic communities, Gay/Lesbian Catholic communities

1992-93 Fieldwork, Cultural Citizenship Project, San Jose, California, Profs. Renato Rosaldo and William Flores, Anthropology Department, Stanford University

Curriculum Development

9/10 Developed and wrote proposal for Women’s Studies first First Year Experience (FYE) seminar, Gender, Race & Sexuality in Media. Successfully shepherded proposal through two different General Education Committees for creation as university course.

6/07 General Education Coordinator. Women’s Studies 101 & Women’s Studies. Researched and wrote departmental reports assessing two classes in terms of General Education learning objectives.

University and Community Experience

3/12 Honorary Lifetime Membership, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)

3/12 Trained as “Start Smart” Facilitator with AAUW/Wage Project to conduct salary negotiating workshops for college undergraduates entering the job market.

3/11 Organized Women’s History Month event, panel discussion with two local birth caregivers, and student workshop, “Know Your Own: A Smart Sex Workshop”

3/09 Organized Women’s History Month event, a film screening of “The Business of Being Born,” and panel discussion with local midwife, doula, and Stanford research sociologist.

1/09 Initiated, developed, and wrote proposal for Women’s Studies first MUSE frosh seminar, “Doing Gender with Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” to run Fall 2009.

6/05 Researched, edited, and created website for Social Science Department.

5/95 Archive Facilitation. Initiated and coordinated the purchase of the Dr. Antonio Soto Personal Papers Collection for Roberto Trujillo, archivist, Green University Library, Stanford University.

1/93--1/94 Need Analyst. Financial Aids Office, Stanford University

9/92--10/92 Graduate Recruiter. Office of Graduate Studies for Minority Recruitment, Stanford University

"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops." --Jay Gouldclose quotation mark

8/91--5/92 Coordinator. Faculty Seminar on Feminist Studies, Stanford University

6/91--8/91 Community Advocate, Family Service Agency, East Palo Alto, California

Academic Technology

Experienced with standard university learning technologies including Blackboard, D2L, Canvas, Wordpress.

Experienced technical consultant to academic users on websites, blogging, and tech pedagogy. Comfortable writing html and css; using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, MS Office applications.

Experienced creator/user of educational class websites such as (SJSU WOMS 5Q, Fall 2013) and SJSU WOMS160, Fall 2008)

Created and maintained community blog for Women’s Studies program, San Jose State University (Social Science Department) at

Designed and created website for professional organization, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (Women Active in Letters & Social Change) at

Designed and created public educational resource, “Making Face, Making Soul: A Chicana Feminist Website” at

Co-created and implemented professional website for Estelle Freedman, “No Turning Back: A Feminist Resource Site” at


Bilingual/bicultural Spanish
Reading knowledge French
Minimal koine Greek

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (Honorary Lifetime Membership)
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)