Maritza   De La Trinidad

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABS 343D
Phone: (956) 665-3236
Email: maritza.delatrinidad@utrgv.edu

Dr. Maritza De La Trinidad

Maritza De La Trinidad is an Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies and History at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She received an MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and an MA and Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in the history of Mexican American education, civil rights, and Chicana/Latina activism and U.S.-Mexican Borderlands history. Her area of expertise includes Mexican American education in the Southwest, including educational policies, practices and programs and educational equity, the history of bilingual education, desegregation cases, educational activism, and the Chicano Movement. Other research interests include Mexicana/Chicana leadership and labor activism, U.S.-Mexico relations and border issues.





Selected Publications


  • Maritza De La Trinidad. 1966 Melon "Casita" Strike. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Henry B. González. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. American GI Forum. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018: 2.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. César Chávez. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopdia of Latinos. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Dolores Huerta. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Josefina Fierro de Bright. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc. , April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Francisco Guajardo, Peter Kranz, and Miguel Guajardo. "The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: Leading Social Change: Examining an HSI in Comparative Historical Context," San Antonio, TX, University of Texas San Antonio: Association of Mexican American Educators Journal Forthcoming, no. Vol. 11, No. 2 (December 2017) (December 2017).

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Review of Richard J. Gonzales, Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas. Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Historical Review, 92, no. 1 December 2016: 1.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. "Mexican Americans and the Push for Culturally Relevant Education: The Bilingual Education Movement in Tucson, 1958-1969," Oxford Brookes University, UK: History of Education: Journal of the History of Education Society 44, no. 3 (March 2015): 316-388.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Review of Guadalupe San Miguel Jr. Chicana/o Struggles for Educational: Activism in the Community. Portland, OR: Pacific Historical Review, February 2014.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Maritza De La Trinidad. La Union Pueblo Entero (LUPE) Documentary Project, La Union Pueblo Entero (LUPE), $10,000.00 (January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Global Engagement Faculty Research Grant, UTRGV Office for Global Engagement, $5,000.00 (April 2017 - August 2017)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Undergraduate Research Initiative, Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, $2,000.00 (September 17, 2015 - August 31, 2016)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Texas Humanities Grant, Humanities Texas, $1,500.00 (June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015)

  • Alexander Stehn. Incorporating Digital “Testimonios” as Critical Pedagogy, UTPA, Mexican American Studies, & The Llano Grande Center, $3,000.00 ( 2013)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. Faculty Development Council: Incorporating Digital Testimonios as Critical Pedagogy, CMAS and Llano Grande Center, $3,000.00 (July 31, 2013 - August 2, 2013)



Selected Presentations


  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Ana Zarazua, Josue Puente, Amanda Tovar, and Jose Reta. "Undergraduate Research from the Rio Grande Valley: Documenting hidden histories of Mexican American/Chican@/x Issues of race, gender, Chicana feminism, labor organizing, citizenship and culture from El Valle.," Engaged Scholar Symposium, Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, STAC 2.130 (April 2017)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Josue Puente, Amanda Tovar, and Ana Zarazua. "Undergraduate Research from the Rio Grande Valley: Documenting hidden histories of Mexican American/Chican@/x Issues of race, gender, Chicana feminism, labor organizing, citizenship and culture from El Valle. ," National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies, Texas A&M University (February 2017)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. "Documenting the history of LUPE Through Oral Histories: A Community Based Project," National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies, Texas A&M University (February 2017)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Sergio Barrera, Valerie Cerda, and Arnulfo Segovia. "Documenting Chicano Movement History in the Rio Grande Valley through Oral Histories: An Applied Method for Learning and Promoting a Culturally, Historically Relevant Education in the RGV," National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies, Lone Star College-Kingwood, TX (February 2016)

  • Christopher Carmona and Maritza De La Trinidad. "Roundtable: Updates from the RGV Coalition for Mexican American Studies and the Implementation of Mexican American Studies in RGV High Schools," National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco Conference, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, Houston, TX (February 2016)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. ""We are asking for equal education:" Mexican American Education Activism as Political Engagement," Latinos, The Voting Rights Act and Political Engagement Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Journalism Department, The University of Texas at Austin (November 2015)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Valerie Cerda, Diana Valencia, Joe Ayala, and Arnulfo Segovia. "Documenting the History of the UFW and LUPE in South Texas through Oral Histories," International Research Forum of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates, South Padre Island, TX (October 2015)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. "Overview of Mexican American History," BESO Professional Development Hour, Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), Center For Bilingual Studies, UTRGV, Edinburg (July 2015)

  • Ma De La Trinidad. "“No! Mexicans aren’t supposed to get educated anyway. You are meant to work in the fields.”: The Political Economy of Mexican American Education in the Rio Grande Valley, 1900-1950," Texas Historical Association Conference , Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, TX (March 2015)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Trinidad Gonzales, Marci McMahon, and Christopher Carmona. "The RGV Coalition for Mexican American Studies and the Implementation of Mexican American Studies in RGV High Schools," National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX (February 2015)

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MASC 3332 90L - Mex Am Hist:
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HIST 4331 01 - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
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MASC 2301 92L - Intro to Mex Am Studies:
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MASC 4331 01E - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
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MASC 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
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HIST 3332 90L - Mexican-American History:
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HIST 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
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