Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: A Summer Institute


Primary Texts

Literary El Paso BORDER PEOPLE by OJ Martinez 1994  Impossible Subjects  THE DEVILS HIGHWAY by Luis Alberto Urrea 2004   Mora P MY OWN TRUE NAME Book Cover 2000


Secondary Texts: Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Anzaldúa, Gloria. "How to Tame a Wild Tongue.Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (4th ed.). Aunt Lute Books, 2012. Original work published 1987.

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “To Live in the Borderlands Means You.” Borderlands / La frontera: The New Mestiza (2nd ed.). Aunt Lute Press, 2012, pp. 216-217.

“A Code of Personal Ethics for Border Researchers,” 283-284.

Adelman, Jeremy and Stephen Aron. “From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation-States, and the Peoples in between in North American History.” The American Historical Review, Vol. 104, No. 3 (June 1999), pp. 814-841.

Arora, Anupama, Muñoz, Laura, K., & Sanos Sadrine. “A History of Their Own: A Conversation with Vicki L. Ruiz.” In Journal of Feminist Scholarship (Fall 2016, Volume 11), pp. 6-15.

Atwood, Margaret. “Through the One-Way Mirror.” The Nation, March 22, 1986, pp. 332-334. 

González de Bustamante, Celeste and J.E. Riley. “Journalism in Times of Violence: Social Media Use by U.S. and Mexican Journalists Working in Northern Mexico.Digital Journalism (2014).

González de Bustamante, Celeste, “Politics, Media and the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Voices of Mexico 102 (2017) 29-32.

González de Bustamante, Celeste, “Arizona and the Making of a State of Exclusion, 1912-2012,” pp. 19-47

González de Bustamante, Celeste, “Beyond Narcotunnels and Border Security: Tips and Techniques for Investigating Stories Along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Border Journalism Network 27-29.

Groundtruth: A Field Guide for CorrespondentsGroundtruth: A Field Guide for Correspondents

Gutierrez, Ramon and Elliott Young. “Transnationalizing Borderlands History.” The Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1 (2010), pp. 26-53.

Hämäläinen, Pekka and Benjamin H. Johnson, eds. “Chapter 1: What is Borderlands History?” and “Chapter 2: The Borderlands: The Southwest, Essays and Documents” In Major Problems in the History of North American Borderlands. CENGAGE Learning, 2012: 1-82.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. “Part One: Formation.” In Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010, pp. 1-83.

Huerta, Jorge. “The Legacy of Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino: The First Fifty Years” [speech]. HowlRound, 2015.

Miller, Todd. Excerpt from Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. City Lights Books, 2014. 

Mora, Pat. A Birthday Basket for Tía. Macmillan, 1992.

Mora, Pat. “A Walk with My Father.” In Prairie Schooner 68, no. 4 (1994), pp. 82-86.

Mora, Pat. “Coatlicue’s Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess.” In Prairie Schooner 68, no. 4 (1994), pp. 76-78. 

Mora, Pat. “Dear Teacher.” English Journal Vol. 94, No. 3 (2005), pp. 32-35.

Mora, Pat. “Desert Women.” In Nepantla: Essays from the Land in the Middle. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2009, pp. 53-72

Mora, Pat. “La Migra.” In Ms. Magazine. Jan. 1993.

Mora, Pat. “The Border: A Glare of Truth.” In Nepantla: Essays from the Land in the Middle. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2009, pp. 10-14.

Morales, Aurora Levins. “The Historian as Curandera.” JSRI Working Paper #40. The Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1997.

Morales, Miguel M. “This Is a Migrant Poem.” In Green Mountains Review, Volume 29, Number 2, 2017.

Moraga, Cherríe. “La Güera.” Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology, edited by Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins. Thomson Wadsworth, 2007, pp. 393-397.

Perales, Monica. "On Borderlands/La Frontera: Gloria Anzaldúa and Twenty-Five Years of Research on Gender in the Borderlands."On Borderlands/La Frontera: Gloria Anzaldúa and Twenty-Five Years of Research on Gender in the Borderlands." Journal of Womens History. 25, 4 (2013), pp. 163-173.

Perales, Monica. Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community. (Chps. 1 and 3) University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Relly, J. E., and Celeste González de Bustamante. “Silencing Mexico: A Study of Influences on Journalists in the Northern States.” International Journal of Press/Politics 19, 1 (2014), pp. 108-131.

Rodriguez, José Antonio. “La Migra.” In The New Yorker. June 19, 2017.

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “‘We Remember and Pronounce’: On the Vital Finding and Making of Poems.” Literacy and the National Council of Teachers of English. (April 16, 2016).

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “In the Antropoetas and Muses We Trust: Reading and Teaching the Poetics about the Borderlands and Chihuahuan Desert.” Selection from Latino Poetics, Ruben Quezada (editor). University of New Mexico Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

Romo, D. D., from Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez, pp. 223-244.

Ruiz, Vicki. “Border Journeys” and “Confronting ‘America.’” In From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America. 10th Anniversary Edition. Oxford University Press, 2008. pp. 3-32, pp. 33-50.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. “The Border Patrol State.” The Nation (Oct. 17, 1994), pp. 412-416.

Staudt, Kathleen. “The Border, Performed in Films: Produced in both Mexico and the US to ‘Bring out the Worst in a Country’.” Journal of Borderlands Studies, Vol. 29, No. 4, (November 2014), pp. 465-480.

Staudt, Kathleen, and Irasema Coronado. Selections from Fronteras no más: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Palgrave, 2002.

Staudt, Kathleen and Zulma Méndez. Courage, Resistance, and Women in Ciudad Juârez: Challenges to Militarization. University of Texas Press, 2015. 

Taylor, Lawrence, “Center and Edge: Pilgrimage and Moral Geography of the US/Mexico Border, Mobilities 2 no.3 (2007) 383-393.

This Is Us! (2009) by Luis Valdez

Valdez, Luis. Early Works. Pensamiento Serpentino, 1994, pp. 7-13. 

Whitaker, Todd. What Great Teachers Do Differently: Seventeen Things That Matter Most (2nd Ed.). Routledge: London & New York, 2007.


Recommended Web Reources

"Borderland" from NPR

"Documented Border: An Open Access Digital Archive"

The Institute of Oral History at UTEP

Museo Urbano

U.S. Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources Program


We'd like to extend our appreciation to the El Paso Historical Commission for images used on this website.

“Unrefined” appears in My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984–1999 by Pat Mora, ©2000 by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, University of Houston.