A professor, founding faculty member, and former chair of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, and currently serving as Chair of the LGBTQ Studies Program (since 2013), Alicia Gaspar de Alba holds a PhD in American Studies and has taught at UCLA since 1994.
Alicia has published 12 books. Her most recent book of fiction is The Curse of the Gypsy: Ten Stories and a Novella (2018). Her most recent academic book, [Un]Framing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui and Other Rebels with a Cause (2014), is a collection of twenty years of scholarly essays that examine the “bad woman” stereotype in Chicana/o and Mexicana/o culture. Her creative writing has been translated into Spanish, German Italian, and French. In Fall 2019, the opera adaption of her historical novel, Sor Juana’s Second Dream (1999), on the famous 17th-century nun/scholar/poet of Mexico, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, will premiere at Opera UCLA.
Gaspar de Alba has received numerous awards for both her scholarly work and creative writing, the most recent of which is the Book Award of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) in 2015 for [Un]Framing the “Bad Woman.” Alicia lives in Los Angeles with her wife and daughter.