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Lori Celaya

Lori Celaya

Associate Professor of Spanish, Border, Mexican-American, Chican@, US Latin@ and Latin American Studies


Administration 310A



Mailing Address

Modern Languages & Cultures
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Lori Celaya teaches classes on Latino Studies, modern Latin American literature, Brazil and Cuba.

  • Ph.D., Spanish Literature and Culture, second concentration in Portuguese and a cognate in Cuban literature, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2008
  • M.A., Spanish Literature and Culture, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2001,
  • B.S., Dietetics and Food System Management, East Tennessee State University, 1998
  • B.A., Spanish, East Tennessee State University, 1998

  • Chican@ Studies
  • Latin@ Studies
  • Mexican American Studies
  • México and Cuba
  • Modern Latin American Literature


  • Celaya, Lori, and Marta Boris. Spanish for the Professions. San Diego: Cognella, 2016. Print.
  • Celaya, Lori, and RE Toledo. "Popping Gum, Tronar El Chicle, Al Cesar Lo Que Es Del Cesar." Nos Pasamos De La Raya/We Crossed The Line. Vol. 1. Mexico: Abismos, 2015. Print.
  • México visto desde su litertura norte: Identidades propias de la transculturación y la migración. Serie Nuevo Siglo. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Print.


  • Female Trafficking at Mexico’s Northern Border: A View of the Client’s Role. Slavery Today: Fall 2016.
  • Cuban Reconciliation: The Search for Community in Uva de Aragón’s Memoria del Silencio. La Aduana Vieja. Spring (2014): 23. Print.

Forth Coming Articles

  • Pachuco, Pocho and Cholo: Symbolism and Nationalist Representation Conflicts.

Books in Progress

  • Transatlantic and Transcultural Dialogues on Identity, Culture and Migration.
  • Nos pasamos de la raya/We Crossed The Line. Vol. 2.

Articles in Progress

  • Bidirectional Shifts and Transformations in and Through US Latina Diasporic Narratives.

Lori Celaya writes and lectures on several aspects of the border that simultaneously separates and unites México and the United States. She also delves into Chican@, Mexican-American and Cuban-American issues that are rooted in migration, transculturation and identity formation. Her interest in these areas is not limited to revealing the existence of affinities and the divergence among individuals from the border, Chican@, U.S. Latin@ and Mexicans-Americans, but to exemplify the extent to which such differences and similarities are manifested in their literature, culture and history. She pays close attention to gender, ethnic and socio-economic issues as she strives to examine these matters from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes the myriad of cross-cultural exchanges affecting the hemispheric relations brought about by the multiple colonizations experienced by these peoples.

Nos Pasamos de la raya/We Crossed The Line

  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Mexico City. Oct. 19, 2015.
  • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Puebla. Oct. 15, 2015.
  • Etcétera Espacio Experimental. Puebla. Oct. 15, 2015.
  • Feria Internacional del Libro. Mexico City. Oct. 14, 2015.
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). México City. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Oct. 13, 2015.
  • Feria del Libro Hispana/Latina en New York. New York. Oct. 10, 2015.
  • Hola. Colloquium. Knoxville, Tennessee. Sept. 23, 2015.
  • Casa del libro. San Juan. June 2, 2015.

Spanish for the Professions Textbook

  • University of Texas, Arlington. Dallas. Sept. 23, 2015. Dallas, Texas.
  • Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC). Boise, Idaho. Oct. 2, 2015.

Red Cross Blood Drive

2012, 2013, 2014

Habitat for Humanity on site

2012, 2013, 2014

Moscow ID Food Bank: Canned Food Drive

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI): “Animals of the Night”

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Westbrook Elementary School: Hispanic Culture

2012, 2013, 2014

Good Samaritan-Fairview Village

2012, 2013, 2014

  • Lamda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority: Universal Woman Award, April 25, 2013
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Beta Gamma Chapter: Hermana de Apoyo Award, May 2013
  • Puentes Community Resources Inc., Knoxville Tenn: Community Leadership Award, April 2010
  • NAPPE, Johnson City, Tenn: Award of Excellence, Promising Practices: Successful Students, Fall 2003

Recurring Courses

  • SPAN 419: Latin American Theatre
  • SPAN 413: Short Fiction: Pre-modernity, Boom and Post-Boom
  • SPAN 404: Bilingual-Bicultural Literature
  • SPAN 404: Mexican Culture Through Cinema

ISEM: Integrated Seminar, courses for freshmen students taught in English

  • ISEM 101: Becoming Mexican-American from Colonial Times to Present
  • ISEM 101: US Latinos: Roots and Identity

Upcoming Courses Fall of 2016

  • FLEN 394: Latin American Literature in Translation: From Columbus to Allende
  • SPAN 402: Pirates of the Caribbean – A Transatlantic Quest.

Modern Language and Cultures

Physical Address:
302 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221


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