Barbara O. Reyes

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Associate Professor

Phone: 505-277-2451
Office: Mesa Vista Hall 1073


B.A. in Sociology and Communication, University of California at San Diego, 1981
M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of California at San Diego, 1992
Ph.D. in History, University of California at San Diego, 2000

Research Interests:

Chicano History, U.S. Immigration History, Southwest History, Gender and Comparative Women's History, Race, Ethnicity, Cultural Studies

Research Statement:

Dr. Reyes joined the History Department at UNM in 2000, specializing in Chicana/o,
Borderlands, and Immigration histories with a focus on race, gender, ethnicity and
transnational studies. Her book, Private Women/Public Lives, Gender and the
Missions of the Californias, University of Texas Press, 2009, and her work-in-progress
offer a new approach to the study of the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands that is centered on
the intersection of gender, race, class, and notions of citizenship and national
identities analyses.  A new book project that will analyze the legacy of Southwest
Chicanas in mainstream U. S. politics examines the agency of Latina women in regional,
national and international political spaces, and highlights the cultural, social and
religious influences that serve to empower them, while at the same time may function
to constrain their work.


Dr. Reyes is currently the Director of the Women Studies Program, an active member
of the U.S. West, and Gender and Women’s Comparative Histories, sections in the
History department, is an affiliate in the Latin American Studies Program and
the American Studies department at UNM, and serves on the Advisory Board of the
Chicana and Chicano Studies Program, and the Executive Board of the Feminist
Research Institute at UNM.  

She has been involved with the WHA since her graduate student years,
serving on the 2003, 07, 08 program committees, and as a member
(3 years), and chair, of the Sarah Jackson dissertation award, and
Bolton-Cutter award (2008) committees. She is also a co-founder
(2003), and organizer, of the Borderlands-Fronterizos Group, for
which she has organized yearly panels and workshops on Mexican North
and U.S. Southwest borderlands scholarship, and continues efforts to
further develop scholarly transnational conversations on Chicana/o-
Borderlands-Fronterizo research. For this effort, she heads the
Transnational Working Group of the Southwest Hispanic Research
Institute in the development of a broad network of universities
and research institutions that are focused on borderlands/fronterizo
research collaboration, the organizing of transnational conferences
and events, and the mentoring and exchange of graduate students specializing
in the field.

Recent/Select Publications:

Private Women, Public Lives; Gender and the Missions of the Californias, University of Texas Press 2009

Nineteenth Century California Testimonials, co-authored with Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita, Special Edition CRITICA: A Journal of Critical Essays (1994)

“From Mythologizing the Tragedy to Parodying the Myth: Two Representations of the Mexican Revolution.” CRITICA: A Journal of Critical Essays (Spring 1998)

“Race, Agency and Memory in Baja California Missions,” Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexican Borderlands History, Samuel Truett and Elliott Young, eds., ( Duke University Press, )

Nosotras las Mujeres, Alta California en el siglo XIX desde la perspectiva de las Californianas.” Accepted for publication, Special Edition, Revista Meyibó, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, forthcoming.

“Detengan a esa mujer!: Etnia, raza y género en las Californias de la época colonial.” Accepted for publication, Revista Meyibó, Journal of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico, Num. 2, Nueva Época, Julio-Diciembre, 2010.


Bárbara O. Reyes & Lucila del Carmen León Velazco,“El Norte Mexicano y el Suroeste Americano: La periferia de dos naciones y su estudio transnacional, A New Approach on the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands.” 

Bárbara O. Reyes, “Latina Leadership in Mainstream Politics: Civil Right or Civic Duty.”  Research in progress.


Nominated for Outstanding Work by Faculty of Color at UNM Award, Presented by Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC, UNM), Spring ’11

 Elected to Nominating Committee of Western History Association, 2009-2011

 Recognition for Outstanding Work by Faculty of Color at UNM, presented by the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), Raza Graduate Student Association (RGSA), Black Graduate & Professional Student Association (BPGSA), and the Society for Native American Graduate Students (SNAGS), UNM Spring 2008

 Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2002-2003, National Research Council

Susan Geiger Award, Research Grant, 2002, Feminist Research Institute, UNM

UNM Faculty Research Grant, 2002

Recent Conference Participation and Prestntations at Professional Meetings:

 “Analisis de la construccion politica de esterotipos de identidad atraves de imagenes visuales: la trayectoria del arte Chicana/o.” Workshop presented at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, November 29, 2013.

 Keynote Address, “La racializacion del inmigrante a Estados Unidos atravez de imagenes visuales.” Seminario “Documentario Visual: Historia No Escrita.” Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico, D.F. November 28, 2013

 “Environmental Challenges in the History of North America: European Settlement and the Management of Nature, Panel Chair, Western History Association Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ, Oct. 9-12, 2013

 Panel Moderator,  “Introduction to New Mexico Politics and Public Life,” Ready to Run NM Symposium; UNM, Albuquerque, NM, April 12-13, 2013

 Roundtable Participant, “Drink Historia: From EnGendered History to Bifurcated Narratives, Three generations of Chicana Historians Examine the Past and Envision the Future,” National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies, San Antonio, TX, March 21, 2013.

 Panel Moderator, Everyday Practices of Popular Power: Art, Media, Immigration Symposium, “Art & Immigrant Rights Panel,” UNM, Albuquerque, NM, November 9, 2012

 Closing Keynote Address, “Discursos de poder, raza y clase en la inmigracion a Estados Unidos.” Conferencia Magistral de Clausura, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas Annual International Conference, Jornadas Internacionales: Historia, Patrimonio y Frontera, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, 7 September, 2012

  “Mixed/Transnational Families in the Borderlands” Panel Chair and Commentator, American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, August 10, 2012,

 “Surveillance and Confinement in the American West,” Chair, WHA Committee on Race and the West Panel, Western History Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, October 13-16, 2011.

 “Reading Mestiza Voices: Californiana Testimonials, Place and Agency in the War of Independence,” Presenter, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, Pasadena, CA, March 30-April 2, 2011.

 “A través de los ojos de las mujeres. Alta California en los primeros años del siglo XIX”.  Paper Presented at the V Jornadas Internacionales: Historia, Patrimonio y Frontera, “La Independencia y Revolución en las Californias y el noroeste mexicano”. Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, Baja California, September 23, 2010

 Teaching About Women, Gender and Sexuality in the West. Roundtable Participant, Western History Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 7-10, 2009.

 “La lucha de las comunidades nativas por la conservación de sus tierras en los territorios del suroeste en el periodo mexicano. The Struggle of Native American Communities for the Preservation of their Land holdings during the Mexican Period.” Borderlands-Fronterizos Panel Commentator, Western History Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 7-10, 2009.

“Negotiating Cultural Production: Chicana Matters,” Presenter, 22nd Annual MALCS Summer Institute, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, July 25, 2009

 “’We Were Family Once,’ Constructing National Identity at the Periphery of Nation-States” Presenter, Ethnic Studies Department Colloquium Series, University of California, San Diego, May 20, 2009


•History of New Mexico
•Immigration to U.S.
•Early History Mexican-Americans
•Hispanic Frontiers
•Women and U.S./Mexico Borderlands History
•Chicana/o History
•Gender and Race in U.S. History