Bio


Moya is the author of The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism (Stanford UP 2016) and Learning From Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (UC Press 2002). She has co-edited three collections of original essays including Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, Inc. 2010), Identity Politics Reconsidered (Palgrave 2006) and Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (UC Press 2000). 

Her teaching and research focus on twentieth-century and early twenty-first century literary studies, feminist theory, critical theory, narrative theory, American cultural studies, interdisciplinary approaches to race and ethnicity, and Chicano/a and U.S. Latina/o studies.

At Stanford, Moya has served as the Director of the Program of Modern Thought and Literature, Vice Chair of the Department of English, and the Director of the Undergraduate Program of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She has also been the faculty coordinator of several faculty-graduate student research networks sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the Research Institute for the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Modern Thought and Literature. They include The Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory (2015-2016, 2012-2014), Feminist Theory (2007-08, 2002-03), Americanity / Coloniality / Modernity (2006-07), and How Do Identities Matter? (2003-06).

She was also a founding organizer and coordinating team member of The Future of Minority Studies research project (FMS), an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and multigenerational research project facilitating focused and productive discussions about the democratizing role of minority identity and participation in a multicultural society.

Moya is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, the Outstanding Chicana/o Faculty Member award. She has been a Brown Faculty Fellow, a Clayman Institute Fellow, and is currently a CCSRE Faculty Research Fellow. 

Academic Appointments


  • Professor, English
  • Professor (By courtesy), Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Administrative Appointments


  • Director, Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2016 - 2019)
  • Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University (2011 - 2015)

Honors & Awards


  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation
  • Outstanding Chicana/o Faculty Member Award, Stanford University
  • Brown Faculty Fellowship, The Brown Institute
  • Fellowship, Clayman Institute

Program Affiliations


  • Center for Latin American Studies
  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Cornell University (1998)
  • M.A., Cornell University (1995)
  • B.A., University of Houston (1991)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Identity Politics Reconsidered edited by Mohanty, S. P., Alcoff, L. M., Hames-García, M., Moya, P. M. Palgrave. 2006
  • "This is not your country!": Nation and belonging in Latina/o literature AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY Moya, P. M. 2005; 17 (1): 183-195

    View details for DOI 10.1093/alh/aji011

    View details for Web of Science ID 000226290700011

  • Learning From Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles Moya, P. M. University of California Press. 2002
  • Chicana feminism and postmodernist theory SIGNS Moya, P. M. 2001; 26 (2): 441-483
  • Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism edited by Moya, P. M., Hames-García, M. R. University of California Press. 2000