Yvette Saavedra

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours: Please email faculty using your UO email account or use Canvas if enrolled in a course with the professor.
  • Departments: CLLAS, IRES, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Affiliated Departments: IRES
  • Interests: Chicanx History and Studies; Chicana Feminist Theory; U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History and Studies; History of U.S. West; 19th and 20th century U.S History; 19th and 20th century gender and sexuality in the U.S.

Biography

Saavedra is a historian specializing in 19th Century U.S. History, Borderlands History, History of the U.S. West, Chicana/o History, and Gender and Sexuality History. Her research interests include the intersection of race, power, identity, colonialism, nationalism, gender and sexuality.

 

Education

Ph.D. History, University of Texas El Paso, 2013

M.A. Borderlands History, University of Texas El Paso, 2003

B.A. History & Chicana/o Studies, Pitzer College, 2001

 

Research

Her recently released book, Pasadena Before the Roses:  Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771-1890, (University of Arizona, 2018) examines and details the social and cultural history of how Spanish, Mexican, American and Indigenous groups’ competing visions of land use affected the formation of racial and cultural identity in Pasadena, California, during this period. This work reconceptualizes how culturally subjective ideas about race, masculinity, and visions of optimal land use became tangible representations of political projects of conquest, expansion, and empire building.  

 

She has published on topics ranging from Chicana Feminism, Chicana/o History, LGBTQ History, U.S. History, and Borderlands History.  Her current research agenda reflects work on several projects including her second full length book tentatively titled Living la Mala Vida: Transgressive Femininities, Morality, and Nationalism in Mexican California, 1810-1850 a study that (re)defines masculinity, femininity, gender, and sexuality within Mexican nationalism and concepts of political and social citizenship. Other research in progress includes, a study examining the lesbian roots of Chicana feminist theory and ideology in the National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies, and a project tracing the developing of a hegemonic ranchera femininty in nineteenth century Californio culture.   

 

She is a the recipeint of the 2019 Western History Association Huntington Library Martin Ridge Fellowship, a 2021 Oregon Humantities Center Faculty Research Fellowship, and a 2021-2022 Faculty Research Grant from the University of Orgeon Center for the Study of Women in Society.

 

 

 

https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/pasadena-before-the-roses

Teaching

Winter 2022: 

Courses: WGSS 422/522 Defining Deviance

Office Hours: Please email for an appointment yjs@uoregon.edu 

 

 

 

Courses

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