Alvina Quintana teaches courses on cultural, Black American, women's, sexuality and gender studies. She received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her publications include the new Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition, edited with Sharon Collingwood and Caroline J. Smith (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), Reading U.S. Latina Writers: Remapping American Literature (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2005), and Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices (Temple University Press, 1996), as well as various articles on multicultural literature and cinema studies.
Her research interests focus on feminist theory; sexuality and difference; new technologies, transnational gender studies with a particular emphasis on the intersections between U.S. Latino/as and Latin American cultural practices; multiculturalism in the U.S.A and abroad; the internationalization of American Studies. She is currently working on a book that reconceptualizes American literary practices and a documentary film that explores notions of transculturation and the Black Pacific.
An active member of the American Studies Association, Quintana has served as Chair of the Women's Committee, the Minority Scholar's Committee, the 2006 Program Committee's Chair in Chief, a member of the the Nominating Committee, the International Women's Task Force, Executive Committee and Council. She was also elected to serve a three-year term as the Modern Language Association's delegate for Ethnic Studies.