Anna M. Sandoval, Ph.D.

Anna M. Sandoval, Ph.D.

California State University, Long BeachPicture of Anna Sandoval
Chicano & Latino Studies Dept.


Dr. Anna Sandoval is Professor emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach where she has been a faculty member since 1997. She completed her education at the University of California with a B.A. degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and Ph.D. in American Literature from UC Santa Cruz. As a young scholar, she also spent a year studying and researching in Mexico City at La Universidad Autonoma de Mexico

 (UNAM) in Mexico City.  In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the University of Malaga in Southern Spain.  Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature, Feminist and Gender Studies, Ethnic American Literature, Visual Literacy and Cultural Studies.  Her 2009 volume, Toward a Latina Feminism of the Americas: Repression and Resistance in Chicana and Mexicana Literature, was honored with the distinction of being published in the University of Texas Press Chicana Matters Series. Her work has also appeared in Decolonial Voices: Chicana/o Cultural Studies in the 21st Century, Chicana Literary and Artistic Expression: Culture and Society in Dialogue, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.

Throughout her career at CSULB, Dr. Sandoval has been active in promoting the arts within the Chicano and Latino community.  Most recently, in 2012, she brought, Juan Felipe Herrera, the National Poet Laureate and then California Poet Laureate, to CSULB for a lecture, writing workshop and performance.  In 2015, as a collaborative effort, she programmed an author’s event and student writing workshop with Helena Maria Viramontes as an inauguration to an annual writer’s series. 

Dr. Sandoval also expresses her passion and commitment to the arts through dedicated service to the larger California State University and off-campus community. She has worked as a course coordinator for the CSU Summer Arts Program, which brings together students from across the state to study and develop work with world renowned Artists. She has also offered her expertise to many students in the Art Department’s graduate programs. Her expertise in and service to the arts enhance her teaching in originally-designed courses on women as writers, visual artists, arts activists, performers and filmmakers.  In the greater Long Beach community, she is part of the programming committee for the annual Qfilm Festival and serves on the Arts Advocacy Committee of the Arts Council for Long Beach.