Norma Cantú

Norma Cantu

Haag Hall 204
Curriculum vitae [pdf]


Areas of Specialization

Border Studies, Chicano/a Literature, Cultural Studies, Folklore, Feminist Studies


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln


As Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at UMKC, Cantu’s duties include teaching, committee work, and the development of the Latina and Latino Studies (LLS) Program. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has taught at Texas A&M, the University of California – Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas – San Antonio. Cantu is also Professor Emerita at the University of Texas – San Antonio. She is founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and co-founder of the group of Latina/o poets, CantoMundo, as well as a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. As editor of a book series, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Tradition, at Texas A&M University Press, and Literatures of the Americas, she promotes the publication of research on borderlands culture. In her work at UMKC, Cantu most looks forward to:

  • Working with faculty and students across disciplines to establish a solid foundation for a program in LLS so we can offer a minor and a major in the field and thereby become a model for other universities seeking to do the same.
  • Becoming involved in community events and thereby functioning as a liaison for UMKC to the Latina/o community.
  • Increasing recruitment and retention of Latina and Latino students at all academic levels (undergraduate and graduate) and in all fields.

Recent Books

  1. Translation of Borderlands/La Frontera into Spanish (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico) 
  2. Barrio Dreams: Selected Plays by Silviana Wood –co-edited with Rita Urquijo Ruiz (University of Arizona Press)
  3. Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera--updated edition (University of New Mexico Press)
  4. Transcendental Train Yards My poetry with Marta Sanchez’s artwork (Wings Press) 
  5. Ofrenda: Liliana Wilson’s Art of Dissidence and Dreams (Texas A&M Press) I edited this book of essays on Liliana’s art work. There are 60 images too.