Associate Professor of Spanish

Yolanda Flores is a native of California’s San Joaquín Valley. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley where she double-majored in history and Spanish literature. She later earned her first M.A. from the University of Chicago and a second M.A. from Cornell University, where she also completed her Ph.D. Professor Flores pursued graduate studies abroad at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos in Madrid (under the auspice of Bryn Mawr College) and at the Programa de Posgraduacão da América Latina at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where she studied Latin American film, art, and ethnolinguistics.
Professor Flores is the author of the book The Drama of Gender: Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas (2000, second edition 2002). Her article, “Resistance and Affirmation: Teaching Spanish in the U.S. Academy,” in the forthcoming book, Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place is drawn from her current book project, an academic memoir tentatively entitled Brown-Eyed Daughter of the Sun. She is also co-editing the anthology Against All Odds: Testimonios of Higher Education from California’s Agricultural Heartlands.
Languages spoken:
Spanish (native)
Portuguese (reading, writing, speaking fluency)
French (reading ability)
Italian (beginner)


Research and/or Creative Works



Claiming Home, Shaping Community:  Testimonios de los valles. Co-editor with Gloria Cuádraz. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2017.

The Drama of Gender:  Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas. In the Series "Wor(l)ds of Change:  Latin American and Iberian Literature.  New York:  Peter Lang, 2000; Second printing in paperback, 2002.


“Resistance and Affirmation: Teaching Spanish in the U.S. Academy” In Women Of Color: Taking Their Rightful Place in Leadership. (Birkdale Publishers:  San Diego, CA, March 2010. Pgs 127-141.


Memory Mambo:  Un paso hacia adelante, dos pasos hacia atrás.”  Special Issue on U.S. Latino Literature—Culturas híbridas.  Alberto Sándoval-Sánchez and Frances Aparicio, Eds. Revista Iberoamericana: No. 212, 2005.

"Autobiography and Performance:  New Images in Chicana Theater." Ollantay Theater Magazine. Special Issue—Latina Performance Since the 1960’s. Teresa Marrero, Ed., 2001, Vol IX. 18, pp.104-116.

"Subverting Scripts: Identity and Performance in Plays by U.S. Latinas.”  Latinas on Stage:  Practice and Theory.   Ed. Lillian Manzor and Alicia Arrizón. Berkeley:  Third Woman Press, 2000.

"Performing Difference:  Intra-Ethnic Theatricalities."  Feministas Unidas.  1997. Vol:  17.2, pp. 10-16.

"On Borders, Multiple Migrations, Cultural Diversity, and the Politics of Identity."  The Global Citizen.  Ed. William Cumiford.  Boston:  Copley, 1996, pp.136-141.

"Julia  Alvarez y !Yo!.Letras Femeninas.  Fall 2000.

"Teorías y prácticas en el teatro de hoy (FIIT, Cholula 1997) Latin American Theatre Review.  Spring 1998, pp. 197-200.

Awards and Recognition

Nominated for the Kropsch-Maurice Excellence In Teaching Award, 2015-16
Delegate invitation for People to People Ambassador Program, Multicultural/Multilingual Delegation of U.S. Educators to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa and to China
PI GAMMA MU, International Social Science Society
Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars
Sigma Delta Pi, Hispanic Honor Society
Equal Opportunity Program/Affirmative Action Achievement Award, UC Berkeley, 1987

Associations and Affiliations

Modern Language Association of America
Latin American Studies Association
American Society for Theater Research
Association for Theater in Higher Education
International Federation for Theater Research
Southern California Chicano/Latino Theatre Educators
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)
National Council of La Raza
Asociación de Literatura Hispánica Femenina
Feministas Unidas
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
Yolanda Flores

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Comparative literature, culture, and performance studies of the Americas (U.S., Latino, Spanish American, and Brazilian)


  • Ph.D. Contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latino Literatures, Cornell University


  • (802) 656-3574
Office Location:

506 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 3110: Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 3610: Analyzing Hispanic Literatures
  • SPAN 4110: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 4665: Border Literatures
  • SPAN 4575: Latin American Performance and Politics
  • SPAN 4520: Hispanic Films in Context
  • SPAN 4990: Advanced Special Topics: Latin American Women in Literature and Film
  • SPAN 3990: Advanced Special Topics: Latin American Short Story
  • ENGL 2216: D1: Latino Writers