Bio


Professor Yarbro-Bejarano is interested in Chicana/o cultural studies with an emphasis on gender and queer theory; race and nation; interrogating critical concepts in Chicana/o literature; and representations of race, sexuality and gender in cultural production by Chicanas/os and Latinas/os.

She is the author of Feminism and the Honor Plays of Lope de Vega (1994), The Wounded Heart: Writing on Cherríe Moraga (2001), and co-editor of Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation (1991). She has published numerous articles on Chicana/o literature and culture. She teaches Introduction to Chicana/o Studies and a variety of undergraduate courses on literature, art, film/video, theater/performance and everyday cultural practices. Her graduate seminars include topics such as race and nation; interrogating critical concepts in Chicana/o literature; and representations of race, sexuality and gender in cultural production by Chicanas/os and Latinas/os.

Since 1994, Professor Yarbro-Bejarano has been developing "Chicana Art," a digital archive of images focusing on women artists. Professor Yarbro-Bejarano is chair of the Chicana/o Studies Program in Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional Education


  • PhD, Spanish, Harvard University (1976)
  • BA with distinction, University of Washington, German (1970)
  • BA summa cum laude, University of Washington, Comparative Literature (1969)

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • The wounded heart : writing on Cherríe Moraga Yarbro-Bejarano, Y. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2001
  • Race and representation in Tongues untied, The last generation, and Paris is burning Yarbro-Bejarano, Y. Stanford CA: Stanford Center for Chicano Research Stanford University. 1994
  • Feminism and the honor plays of Lope de Vega Yarbro-Bejarano, Y. West Lafayette Ind.: Purdue University Press. 1994
  • Chicano art : resistance and affirmation, 1965-1985 Yarbro-Bejarano, Y. Los Angeles: Wight Art Gallery University of California Los Angeles. 1991
  • The tradition of the novela in Spain, from Pedro Mexía (1540) to Lope de Vega's Novelas a Marcia Leonarda (1621, 1624) Yarbro-Bejarano, Y. New York: Garland Pub. 1991