Dr. Ybarra specializes in contemporary Chicana/o Literature and Ecocriticism. Dr. Ybarra's most recently published article, "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth-Century Novels and the Lost Archive of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge," is in the essay collection Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. In June 2009, she published an article in the journal MELUS titled "Borderlands as Bioregion: Jovita González, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the Twentieth Century Ecological Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley." Her book chapter "Lo que quiero es tierra: Longing and Belonging in Cherríe Moraga's Ecological Vision" was published in the 2004 collection New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, and a co-authored article about Mexican and Mexican American environmental writing was published in the 2008 Modern Language Association collection Teaching North American Environmental Writing. Her current book-in-progress, Brown and Green: Mexican American Environmental Writing, is the first study to engage a long-range environmental literary history of Chicana/o writing. Recent speaking engagements have taken her to Reno, Nevada; Bloomington, Indiana; and around Japan. She has taught courses for the Departments of English at Texas Tech University, Rice University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and for American Studies at Yale University.
- Creative Writing
- Why English?