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Lori Celaya

Associate Professor, Co-Director Latin American Studies


310A Administration Building



Mailing Address

School of Global Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Lori Celaya Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Co-Director of Latin American Studies.

  • Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Master of Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, East Tennessee State University

  • 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.


  • “Abordajes Multidisciplinarios En La Creación De Una demanda de prostitución en Tijuana en conexión con la trata humana para la explotación sexual” In Collaboration with Dr. Marta Boris Tarré (first author) Argus-a Vol, Sept. 2018, ISSN 1853-9904.
  • 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.
  • Pachuco, Pocho and Cholo: Symbolism and Nationalist Representation Conflicts.

Forth Coming Articles

  • Bidirectional Shifts and Transformations in and Through US Latina Diasporic Narratives.(2021)
  • “Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Acquisition of Spanish for the Professions: A Case Study.” In collaboration with Dr. Marta Boris Tarré. (2022)

Books Forthcoming

  • Transatlantic and Transcultural Dialogues on Identity, Culture and Migration. (2021)
  • Nos pasamos de la rava/We Crossed The Line. Vol. 2. (2021)

Books in Progress

  • Spanish for the Professions. San Diego: Cognella, 2019. (Second edition in collaboration with Marta Boris Tarré).

Creative Writing in Progress

  • “Recovering Craig”
  • “My Brother’s Keeper”

Spanish for the Professions Textbook

University of Tennessee, Knoxville MIFLC October 7, 2018
University of Texas, Arlington. Dallas. Sept. 23, 2015. Dallas, Texas.
Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC). Boise, Idaho. Oct. 2, 2015.

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

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville MIFLC October 8, 2018
  • 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 

Habitat for Humanity on site

Moscow ID Food Bank: Canned Food Drive

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

Westbrook Elementary School: Hispanic Culture 

Good Samaritan-Fairview Village

  • Alumni Award for Excellence, Yadira Estrada (Fall, 2018)
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, Jessica Betancourt-Medina (Fall 2018)
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, Maria Soledad Horta Vorse (Fall, 2017)
  • 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

Lori Celaya, Ph.D. associate professor of Spanish and co-director of Latin American studies. She was born in Mexicali B.C. México, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of “México visto desde su literatura norte: identidades propias de la transculturación y la migración” (México Viewed from its Northern Border: Identities that Result from Migration and Transculturation) 2013. She has published on Chicanx ad Latinx identity issues, Human Trafficking at the US-Mexico Border; Celaya also published “Nos pasamos de la raya/We Crossed The Line” a bilingual/bicultural compilation that includes one of her poems and one of her short stories. She co-authored a “Spanish for the Professions” text that is presently being used at over fifty colleges and universities. Currently, she continues to speak, research and publish on issues related to the United States-Mexico Border, Mexican-Americans, Chicanx and Latinx in relation to Latin America and the United States and she is finalizing the second volume of Nos pasamos de la raya as well completing a co-edited volume entitled “Transatlantic and Transcultural Dialogues on Identity, Culture, and Migration.” Before going into academia, Celaya had a career in the film and television industry and was featured in several commercials, industrials and other film and television productions. At present Lori Celaya is the executive producer for the independent film La Sirena and a forthcoming web series Friends in High Places.

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

School of Global Studies

Physical Address:
332 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
School of Global Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221


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