Maritza   De La Trinidad

Associate 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.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Mexican American education in the Southwest, including educational policies, practices and programs
    • History of bilingual education, desegregation cases, educational activism
    • Civil Rights, Chicano Movement and Mexican American/Chicana/Latina women's leadership and activism
    • U.S.-Mexico relations and border issues.
  • Education

    • PhD, History, The University of Arizona, 2008
    • MA, History, University of Arizona, 2000
    • MA, Latin American Studies, San Diego State University, 1998
    • CERT, Paralegal Studies, University of San Diego, 1988
    • BS, Public Administration, The University of Arizona, 1985
  • Currently Teaching

    MASC 4331 01 - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    HIST 4331 01 - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MASC 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    HIST 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    HIST 7301 05 - Thesis II:
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    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




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) 2019.

  • 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) 2019.

  • 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) 2019: 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) 2019.

  • 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) 2019.

  • 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) 2019.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. "To Secure These Rights: The Civil Rights Campaign to End School Segregation in Arizona, 1948-1960," University of Oklahoma : Western Historical Quarterly 49, no. No. 2 (March 2018): 155-183.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Francisco Guajardo, Peter Kranz, and Miguel Guajardo. "The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: Reframing HSIs through a Multi-Sited Ethnography," San Antonio, TX, University of Texas San Antonio: Association of Mexican American Educators Journal 11, no. 3 (February 2018): 50-83.

  • Maritza De La Trinidad. ""We are Asking for Equal Education:" School Desegregation Cases and Mexican American Educational Activism as Political Engagement," Austin, Texas: The U.S. Latina & Latino Oral History Journal 1, no. No. 1 (December 2017): 47-75.

  • 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.



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, Josue Puente, Ana Zarazua, and Paulina Garza. "Mexican American/Chicanxs during World War II: Confronting Issues of Gender, Culture, and Identity on the Home front and Abroad," Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West , Western History Association (WHA), San Antonio, Texas (October 2018)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Carolina Monsivais, Cassandra Rincones, and Emilio Zamora. "Moments of Agency and Activism in the Lives of Mexicanas and Chicanas in the U.S.-Mexico Border," Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West , Western History Association (WHA), San Antonio, Texas (October 2018)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad and Christopher Bonilla. "Conocimiento in Chicana Educational Activism ," AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: Dreams, Possibilities & Necessities of Public Education, American Education Research Association (AERA), New York, NY (April 2018)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Josue Puente, Ana Zarazua, and Paulina Garza. "Mexican AmericaniChicanxs during World War II: Confronting Issues of Gender, Culture, and Identity on the Home Front and Abroad," Strategies of Resistance: Dismantling Legalized and Ideological Violence against Our Communities, National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas (February 2018)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Josue Puente, Ana Zarazua, and Paulina Garza. "Mexican AmericaniChicanxs during World War II: Confronting Issues of Gender, Culture, and Identity on the Home Front and Abroad," International Research Forum, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Isla Grand Beach Resort South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • 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)

Current Courses

MASC 4331 01 - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
HIST 4331 01 - Mexican-American Civil Rights:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MASC 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
HIST 2328 01 - Mex Am History II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
HIST 7301 05 - Thesis II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

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