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Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (born 26 November 1959),[1] is a commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission[2] and professor of Modern Languagesand Cultures, and Women and Studies at the Seattle University.[3][4]

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs
AwardsThe Calabash Award, 2000, California. The Inaugural Provost's Award for Scholarship, Research and Creativity, 2015, Seattle University
Academic background
Alma mater[(Occidental College, UCSC, Colegio de México, [Stanford University]]
Academic work
Main interestsChicana and Latin American literature, cultural studies, and feminist theory.
Notable worksPresumed Incompetent, Word Images, Rebozos de Palabras, Communal Feminisms, A Most Improbable Life, The Runaway Poems

Early life and EducationEdit

In a 2013 interview, Gutiérrez y Muhs mentioned that she grew up in Mexico and was named after the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral.[5] Gutiérrez y Muhs received her Ph.D from Stanford University in Spanish, Latin American Studies, US Latinx/Chicanx works.[6] She is a well-known scholar in the fields of Chicana and Latin American literature, cultural studies, and feminist theory.


After being tenured in March 2006, Gutiérrez y Muhs was named the 2007-2009 Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity Studies at Seattle University. She was appointed as the Theiline Pigott-McCone Chair at the University for the period 2018-2020.[7]

In 2011, she represented the United States at the Kritya International Poetry Festival held in Nagpur, India, along with two other American poets.

She gained attention for her work on the 2012 book Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia[8] which discussed the experiences of various women of colour in academia and later for her 2013 book on the contribution of Helena Maria Viramontes.[9]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Muhs, Gabriella Gutiérrez y (2002). A most improbable life: poems. Georgetown, Kentucky: Finishing Line Press. ISBN 9780972613668.
  • Muhs, Gabriella Gutiérrez y (2010). Communal feminisms: Chicanas, Chilenas, and cultural exile: theorizing the space of exile, class, and identity. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. ISBN 9780739144596.
  • Muhs, Gabriella Gutiérrez y; Harris, Angela P.; Flores Niemann, Yolanda; González, Carmen G. (2012). Presumed incompetent: the intersections of race and class for women in academia. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. ISBN 9780874219227.
  • Muhs, Gabriella Gutiérrez y (2013). Rebozos de palabras: an Helena María Viramontes critical reader. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. ISBN 9780816521364.[10]
  • Muhs, Gabriella Gutiérrez y (2017). Word Images New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 9780816534098.[11]


  1. ^ "Gutiérrez y Muhs, Gabriella". Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Arts WA | Who we are". Washington State Arts Commission. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Seattle University". Seattle University. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Faculty and Staff - About the College - College of Arts and Sciences - Seattle University". Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  5. ^ Reséndiz, Aldo Ulisses (2014). "Soy Milk! A Chicana Poet on "Drinking" Poetry: An Interview with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs". Diálogo. 17 (2): 93–98. doi:10.1353/dlg.2014.0050. ISSN 2471-1039.
  6. ^ "Seattle University". Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  7. ^ "2018-19 Pigott McCone Events - Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities - Endowments and Partnerships - Office of the Dean - College of Arts and Sciences - Seattle University". Seattle University. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  8. ^ Ryce, Walter. "Poets wrestle with identity, ethnicity and borders in a book of poems". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  9. ^ Muhs, Daniel Olivas interviews Gabriella Gutiérrez y (2013-05-13). "La Chicana Verdadera: Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs on Helena María Viramontes". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  10. ^ "Rebozos de Palabras". UAPress. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  11. ^ "Word Images". UAPress. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-16.