Ella Maria Diaz

Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty Member

The College of William and Mary, Ph.D, M.A.
University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A.
Ella Maria Diaz


Ella Maria Diaz earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, teaching several courses at William and Mary and developing the College's first Chicana Literature course in spring 2005. Her research pertains to the interdependence of Chicano/a and U.S. Latino/a literary and visual cultures. Her dissertation, Flying Under the Radar with The Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics of Space and Ethnic Identity explores these intersections and, for this project, she received The College of William and Mary's Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2010. She was a Lecturer in The School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute between 2006 until 2012, where she continued to hone her research for her current book project on the historical consciousness of a Chicano/a arts collective that produced major and canonical works of poetry, art, and literature. Diaz has published through Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, U.C. Santa Barbara's ImaginArte, and in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures and visual cultures
  • Broad topics and fields include critical studies, feminist studies and the U.S. Latina/o diaspora

Current Projects

  • Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Remapping the Historical Consciousness of a Chicano/a Arts Collective, book manuscript