Faculty & Staff
Phone: (415) 338-1238
Office: HUM 330
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Tuesdays from 12-2pm
Leslie Quintanilla (PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego) organizes around the goal of Zapatista autonomy beyond borders and seeks decolonial possibilities with a network of grassroots organizations. She has organized against systems of violence with collectives and communities across geographies in Italy, Chile, Argentina, and the US///Mexico border region. In addition, her research praxis focuses on contemporary issues related to transnational borderland activisms, including women-of-color feminist artivism, environmental justice and climate change activism, and cross-diasporic solidarities. Broadly, her long-term interests include: Zapatismo, US///Mexico border(s), Italian & Mediterranean border(s), climate change, and movement organizing.
She is a co-founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice (CIEJ), a collective of activists, academics, scientists, and artists working for decolonial environmental justice efforts trans-locally. Currently, the CIEJ is working alongside Indigenous communities in the so-called “Lithium Triangle”, whose lands and waters are being destroyed, to combat lithium-mining driven by U.S. Green New Deal demands for electrification economies.
Prior to joining SF State, Quintanilla taught in Chicanx studies at San Diego City College.