About Catriona Rueda Esquibel




Associate Professor


Ethnic Studies ProgramCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm


At SF State Since:



Catriona Rueda Esquibel holds a B.A. in English from New Mexico Highlands University (1988), a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Colorado (1991), and a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz (1999). Prior to joining the faculty at SFSU in 2005, she held positions at New Mexico State University (English) and The Ohio State University (Women's Studies). She joined the Race and Resistance Studies program as a specialist in gender, Women of Color feminist theory, and queer POC literature.


Her book With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians (Texas, 2006) maps out the field of queer Chicana writing and examines how Chicana lesbians are represented and constructed through “a community of writers.” Her articles have appeared in Signs; and the anthologies Tortilleras; Velvet BarriosBeyond the Frame, Chicano/Latino Homoerotic Identities, and Our Lady of Controversy. Her poetry and drama have been published in the journals Meridians, Voces, and Frontiers and in the queer Latina ‘zines Jota and Tongues.  With her partner and co-author Luz Calvo, she has recently published Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing, a project to reclaim Mexican heritage foods to fight contemporary diseases of development (cancer, diabetes, heart disease).