Gallardo, Susana L

Gallardo, Susana L

Assistant Professor
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
Department of Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences




Preferred: (408) 924-5740

Office Hours

FALL 2023: Tues 12-2 pm


  • Ph.D. 2012  Religious Studies, Stanford University, California
  • M.T.S. 1989 Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Dr. Gallardo was hired as Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies in 2023.  She has been a WGSS Lecturer since 2005. 

She is currently working on a book manuscript about the history of a unique Chicana/o Catholic community here in San Jose around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church during the Chicano movimiento of the 60s and 70s. Interviews from this project served as the basis for her chapter "'It's Not a Natural Order:" Religious Belonging and the Emergence of Chicana Feminisms," in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Women's Activism and Feminism in the Chicano Movement Era (eds. Blackwell, Cotera and Espinoza, UT Press 2019).




 “‘It’s Not a Natural Order:” Religious Belonging and the Emergence of Chicana Feminisms,” in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Women’s Activism and Feminism in the Chicano Movement Era, eds. Maylei Blackwell, Maria Cotera and Dionne Espinoza (University of Texas Press, 2018)

 “Theoretical Shifts in the Analysis of Latina Sexuality: Ethnocentrism, Essentialism, and the Right (White) Way to be Sexual” with Ana M. Juarez and Stella Beatríz Kerl-McClain for Are All the Women Still White? Race, Shifts, and Critical Interventions in Feminist Studies, ed. Janell Hobson (SUNY Press, May 2016)

“’Tía María de la Maternity Leave:’ Reflections on Race, Class & the Natural Birth Experience,” Mothers' Lives in Academia, eds. Mari Castaneda and Kirsten Isgro.  New York: Columbia University Press, May 2013. 

“Seven Different Words for ‘Cookie:’ Latina/o Identity in the United States,” National Catholic Reporter, Sept 30, 2009. 

“Feminisms.”  In Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures, ed. Gary Laderman and Luis Leon.  Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Press, 2003.