Gallardo, Susana L

Gallardo, Susana L

WGSS Program Coordinator
Senior Lecturer, WGSS/Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Assessment Coordinator, Chicana & Chicano Studies
2022 Lecturer of the Year, College of Social Science




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Office Hours

FALL 2022: Mon 12-1 pm, Tues 9-10 am


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


Dr. Gallardo has taught in the SJSU Women's Studies program since 2005, located in the department of Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. During the 2022-23 academic year, she is serving as Program Coordinator of Women's Studies, as well as Assessment Coordinator for the department of Chicana & Chicano Studies.  

Her research areas include Chicana feminist studies, Mexican American religious traditions, and women of color feminisms. Her dissertation was a historical ethnography of the Chicana/o Catholic community near Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Jose in the late 1960s through 1980s. 




 “‘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.