Antonia I. Castañeda

Antonia I. CastañedaChicana feminist historian Antonia I. Castañeda was born in Crystal City, Tejas, and raised in Washington State.  She received her BA at Western Washington State College, her MA at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University.  Professor Castañeda has taught Chicano Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara and in the Departments of History at the University of Texas at Austin and at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

The author of numerous scholarly articles including the prize- winning “Women of Color and the Re-Writing of Western History: The Discourse, Politics, and Decolonization of History.” Castañeda co-founded and coedited the Chicana Matters Book Series, University of Texas Press, with Deena J. González (2000-2014). This unprecedented book series published 18 scholarly monographs, and 2 novels by Chicana scholars and writers.  A collection of Castañedás scholarly essays, Three Decades of Engendering History: Selected Works of Antonia I. Castañeda, edited by Linda Heidenreich, was recently published by the University of North Texas Press (2014).  Castañeda is a member of the Scholars Advisory Board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project and of the Recovering the Hispanic Texas History Project. She is a founding member of the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, 1982); in 2007 the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) awarded Castañeda its highest honor, naming her NACCS Scholar of the Year.

Now retired from university teaching, Castaneda remains an active scholar as well as a public historian and historical consultant. She serves as historical consultant to local, regional, and national groups and organizations, including government agencies, concerned with Latina historic preservation and heritage conservation.  Her work in Latina preservation dates from the 1980s when she served on the team that conducted research for Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California (California Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Historic Preservation, 1988).

Castañeda served two terms on the Board of Humanities Texas; was Chair of Mujeres Unidas in San Antonio; has just completed her second term on the Board of Directors of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; volunteers with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center; is a founding member of both the Westside Preservation Alliance (WPA, 2009) and of the National Latinos in Heritage Conservation organization (2015).

Castañeda is one of eleven Latino scholars appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board’s American Latino Scholars Expert Panel; the panel charged with conceptualizing and developing American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study for the National Park Service. Castañeda led a collaborative team of local community based organizations (WPA, the Esperanza Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio Cultural Arts, Say Sï), and the National Park Service in organizing the San Antonio Legacy Summit of February 15, 2014 to present the American Latino Theme Study to the community. In September 2014, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) honored her with the Excellence in Community Service Award. 

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