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Norma Cardenas

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Norma Cárdenas is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and affiliate faculty of Women Studies at Oregon State University.  She earned her doctorate at the University of Texas, San Antonio where she was awarded a fellowship from the USDA.  Her research focuses on Chicano/a-Latino/a cultural studies, Chicana feminisms, and food studies.  Her most recent research project is an investigation of Mexican restaurants and the relationship between food, race, and space.  She has published in the Journal of Latinos and Education and Educators of Urban Minorities.  She is currently working on a book manuscript on Chicano/a food representations of identity in literature, visual art, performance, print media, and history.  Her future research will examine Chicana/o food representations in film and music.  Prior to joining academe, she worked at community-based and school-based organizations and the cultural affairs department for the City of San Antonio, Texas.

She serves a faculty advisor to the Centro Cultural César Chávez and MEChA.

EDUCATION: B.A., Amherst College M.A., University of Texas, San Antonio Ph.D., University of Texas, San Antonio

TEACHING: Professor Cárdenas teaches Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies.  She has developed and offered the following courses at OSU:

  • ES 101:  Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ES 212:  Survey of Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies
  • ES 213:  Contemporary Latino/a Culture and Issues
  • ES 399:  Food and Identity: Eating at the Border
  • ES 399:  Chicano/a Testimonios:  Theory and Method


  • Professional Affiliations and Services
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Southwest Texas Popular and American Culture Association
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social


Cárdenas, Norma L. 2014. “Sin Fronteras: An Oral History of a Chicana Activist in Oregon During the Chicano Movement.” In The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century, ed. Mario T. García, 242-259. New York: Routledge.



Cárdenas, Norma L. 2013. “Food Journeys in Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation and Woman Hollering Creek.” In Rethinking Chicana/o Literature Through Food: Postnational Appetites, eds. Nieves Pascual Soler and Meredith E. Abarca, 61-75. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 



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