Norma E. Cantu

PhD, 1982

Literary and Cultural Studies

Profile at Trinity University

Norma E. Cantú is Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, respectively.  She was a senior arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC and was Acting Chair of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teaching interests include cultural studies, contemporary literary theory, border studies, Chicano/a and Latina/o literature & film, folklore and women’s studies. Dr. Cantú has published articles on a number or academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. She has co-edited four books and edited a collection of testimonios by Chicana scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Her award winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at The Texas A&M University Press. Her publications on border literature, the teaching of English, quinceañera celebration and the matachines, a religious dance tradition, have earned her an international reputation as a scholar and folklorist. She was elected President of the American Folklore Society in 2019.

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