Dr. Cortez teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary Art as well as in Colonial Art of Mexico. She publishes in two fields: Contemporary Chicano/a Art and Post-Contact Art of Mexico. Her three most recent volumes include: Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján, co-edited with Hal Glicksman (University Art Galleries, University of California, Irvine/DelMonico Books•Prestel, Munich, London, New York, 2017); Carmen Lomas Garza (Los Angeles and Minneapolis: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the University of Minnesota Press, 2010), for which she was awarded first place in the category of Best Arts Book (English) at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards; and Death and Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World co-edited with John Beusterien (Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2010, Hispanic Issues Online).
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