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Guided by theoretical concerns from gender and power to race and geographic difference and grounded in a firm commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, Leslie Quintanilla addresses contemporary issues related to borderland activisms, including women-of-color feminist “artivism,” environmental justice and climate change activism and cross-diasporic solidarities. Trained in ethnic studies, her research and teaching are interdisciplinary in scope, crosscutting cultural studies, women and gender studies and environmental science studies.
Quintanilla earned her Ph.D. in ethnic studies, with a graduate certificate in critical gender studies, from University of California, San Diego, in 2019. Her dissertation, “Towards a Transnational ‘No Ban, No Wall’ Movement: Contemporary San Diego-Tijuana Border Activisms,” considers the critical region of the U.S.-Mexico border as a transnational site of political struggle and contestation.
She is co-founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice, a collective space in San Diego for co-learning about environmental justice in solidarity with political struggles, movements and marginalized communities. Prior to joining SF State, Quintanilla was an adjunct professor in Chicanx studies at San Diego City College.