Priscilla Solis Ybarra
•Ph.D. English, 2007, Rice University
•M.A. English, 2005, Rice University
•B.A., English, 1997, University of North Texas
Fall 2016 - present
Associate Professor of Latina/o Literature, Department of English, University of North Texas
Fall 2010 - Spring 2016
Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature, Department of English, University of North Texas
Fall 2006 – Spring 2010
Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature, Department of English, Texas Tech University
Lecturer, Yale University, American Studies
Writer in Residence, Aldo and Estella Leopold Mi Casita Writing Residency, 2016
Invitee, Blue River Symposium, Oregon State University, 2011
Office of the State Historian of New Mexico Scholar’s Award, 2008
Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Writing and the Environment, 1848-2010 (2016, University of Arizona Press)
Ybarra, Priscilla Solis. "Environmental Wisdom in Two Mexican American Novels: An Ecocritical Reading of ...And the
Earth Did Not Devour Him and Bless Me, Ultima." Critical Insights: Nature & the Environment. Ed. Scott Slovic.
Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012. 62-77.
Ybarra, Priscilla Solis. "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth Century Novels and the Lost Archive
of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge." Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. Eds.
Stephanie LeMenager, Teresa Shewry, and Ken Hiltner. New York: Routledge, 2011. 135-147.
Ybarra, Priscilla Solis. “Borderlands as Bioregion: Jovita González, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the Twentieth Century
Ecological Revolution in South Texas.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. 34.2. (2009):
Ybarra, Priscilla Solis. “Chicana/o Environmental Ethics.” Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Eds. J.
Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2009. 140-142.
Marcone, Jorge and Priscilla Solis Ybarra. “Inhabiting and Unearthing: Chicana/o and Mexican Environmental Writing.”
Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Eds. Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, Fred Waage. New York:
Modern Language Association Publications, 2008. 93-111.
Ybarra, Priscilla Solis. “’Lo que quiero es tierra’: Longing and Belonging in Cherríe Moraga’s Ecological Vision.” New
Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism. Ed. Rachel Stein. New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press, 2004. 240 - 248.
Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature and Theory, Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism, Chicana Feminisms,
Chicana/o Environmental Writing, American Literature, Environmental Justice Literatures, Women Writers
2016, "Decolonizing Love: Mexican Americans and the Environment," UNT on the Square, Denton, Texas
2016, "Estella Elvira Luna Bergere Leopold: Latina/o Legacies in American Environmentalism," with Estella B. Leopold, Museum of Heritage and Arts, Los Lunas, New Mexico
2016, "The Leopolds in Light of the Lunas," Fifth Annual Aldo and Estella Leopold Writing Residency Lecture, Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico
2016, "Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment," The Heart of the Gila: Wilderness and Water in the West, ASLE Off-Year Symposium, Silver City, New Mexico
2015, “Mexican American Writing and the Land,” Geography of Hope: Women and the Land Conference, Point Reyes Station, California
2013, "In Light of the Lunas: a Portrait of Mexican American Environmentalism in the Early Twentieth Century Southwest," Lessons of Leopold: Ecosystem Ethics and Environmental Policy; Utah Valley University; Logan, Utah
2012, "Ecocriticism: Nature Writing Foundations, Social Justice Transformations, Decolonial Futures;" "(M)other Nature?: Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions" Conference; University of Bucharest, Department of English; Bucharest, Romania
2012, "Brown and Green: Mexican American Environmental Writing," Stephen F. Austin University, Center for a Livable World; Nacogdoches, Texas
2011, "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth Century Novels and the Lost Archive of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge," University of Nevada, Reno; Department of English, Literature and Environment Program
2010 "Ethnic Diversity and the Study of Environmental Literature," Japan Two-Week Lecture Tour, including: Nara Women's University, University of Hyogo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Sado Island Community Meeting
2009 "John Muir's 'Dark Stranger:' Mexican American Writing's Transnational and Bioregional Challenges to Contemporary Ecocriticism," University of Edinburgh; Environment, Society, and Culture Programme; Edinburgh, Scotland
2008 “Environmental Writing in New Mexico,” Office of the State Historian Scholars Program Speakers Series, State Archives and Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 “’All Nature Obeys Me’: Jovita González’s Environmental Writing and the Transformation of South Texas,” October 4, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
2006 “Diversifying Academia: Making Visible the Invisible, Creating New Knowledge,” Keynote Speaker, February 17, Texas National McNair Conference, Univ. North Texas
2005 “Inhabiting Aztlán: How Chicana/o Literary History Rewrites Environmental Inquiry,” Mexican American History Workshop, participant, May 5-7, University of Houston
2004 “Chicana/o Land Ethics in Literary-Historical Context,” for Leadership in Agriculture and Natural Resources course, guest lecturer, May 25, The Culture and Policy Institute, University of Texas, San Antonio
RECENT SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:
2016, "Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment," Conference on the Sowell Collection, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
2015 “Latina/o Environmentalisms: Pedagogical Approaches,” Workshop Co-Leader, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
2014 ““Delinking and the Land: Telling Identities in Early Twentieth Century Mexican American Goodlife Writing,” Western Literature Association, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
2014 ““Nationalism, Coloniality of Being, and Environmentalism: The Decolonization of Chicana/o Politics in Cherríe Moraga’s The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea,” American Studies Association, Los Angeles, California
2013 “Decolonial Chicana/o Literatures: Environmental?,” First Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York
2012, “Environmentalism as Ethnic Erasure,” Western Literature Association Conference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
2012, “Voces de Las Mujeres: Resisting Conventional Environmentalism in Early Twentieth Century Arizona,” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, Houston, Texas
2011 "'La Santa Tierra': Mexican American Women Writing Toward Emancipation of the Land," Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington
2010 "Desert Metaphor, Desert Reality: Border Writers Castillo and Urrea on Migration," American Studies Association Convention, San Antonio, Texas
2010 "Land, Spectres, and Identity: The Revolutions’ Impact on Mexican Ethnic Identity and Relationship to the Natural Environment in Paredes and Ulibarri," Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Heritage Conference, Houston, Texas
2009 "Writing Nature and Searching Self: Identity Struggles in Early Twentieth Century Mexican American Environmental Writing," National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Convention, Seattle, Washington
2008 “Environmental Writing in New Mexico: Nina Otero Warren,” American Studies Association Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2007 “Challenging ‘Nature Writing’: Jovita González,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina
2006 “Ecocriticism in the Context of Environmental History: Jovita González’s Nature Writing on the Rio Grande,” American Society of Environmental Historians Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota
2006 “Water and Power Plays: Writing the Environmental Story of the L.A. Basin,” International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies Conference, Lubbock, TX
2005 “Nature Writer from El Río Bravo: Jovita González,” American Studies Association Convention, Washington, D.C.
2005 “What It Takes to See Mexican Americans as Environmentalists,” Western Literature Association Conference, Los Angeles, California
2004 “Mexican American and Environmental Citizenship in the Writings of María Amparo Ruiz de Burton,” Yale American Studies Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, CT