Maria Cotera

Professional Title

Associate Professor - American Culture, Women's Studies


American Culture
Women's Studies


Dr. Maria Cotera's work is situated at the (busy) intersection of Latinx history, gender, sexuality and critical race theory, feminist praxis, and digital public humanities (DPH). Since 2009, she and Linda Garcia Merchant (University of Nebraska) have been building the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, an archive and storytelling project that seeks to recover Chicana feminist praxis from the 1960s to the present. The archive currently holds over 150 oral histories and 10,000 documents. It continues to grow through collaborations with researchers, teachers and students at colleges and universities across the country. Cotera is currently working on a book about the project: Nuestra Autohistoria-Notes from the Chicana Undercommons.

Research Interests

community-based research
digital studies
mixed methods
qualitative research
public humanities