Cordelia E. Barrera specializes in Latina/o literatures and the American Southwest as well as U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, popular culture and film. She writes movie reviews for the borderlands journal LareDOS and has published articles and reviews in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and the Journal of Popular Culture. Her most recent book project explores the literature of American Southwestern frontier via third space technologies of the body and border theory.
Dr. Barrera holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in English from Texas A&M International University and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Latina/o Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, Dr. Barrera spent a year teaching fiction and introductory communication at Alemaya University in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, as a volunteer lecturer with The International Foundation for Education and Self Help. She has also taught English at The University of the Incarnate Word, The University of Texas at San Antonio and was a faculty member of the English Department at Laredo Community College.