Dr. Gordillo is CAHNRS’ inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. She is an Associate Professor and the Program Leader in History at Washington State University Vancouver, and the Campus Director of Faculty Equity and Outreach. She received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in Film and Photography, earned her MA in Media Studies at the New School, and completed her PhD degree in History at Michigan State University. She joined Washington State University Vancouver in 2005. She has served as Program Leader in the departments of Women’s Studies (now WGSS), Critical Culture and Race Studies (CCGRS), and History.
Dr. Gordillo’s first book Engendering Transnational Ties: Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration, garnered the ALLA book award in 2011. In 2013, she co-directed and co-produced the film entitled Antonia: A Chicana Story. In conjunction with the documentary, Dr. Gordillo worked on a series of interviews with Chicanx activist, scholars, artists, and art critics for the book Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. Her current book manuscript Patients, Philanthropists, and Fieldworkers: The Hidden History of Women and Eugenics, examines gender, race, public health, and sexuality, and the tenure of the Eugenics Record Office (ERO), 1906-1939. Dr. Gordillo’s project brings science and the humanities together at an unexplored crossroad that has the potential to explore thought-provoking connections of a period that is complex, sensitive, and contentious.
Dr. Gordillo serves in the editorial board of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and she served as the Chair for the Council of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Washington State University Vancouver (2016-2020). Her continued contribution and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) was cemented when she accepted the position of Campus Director for Faculty Equity and Outreach at Washington State University Vancouver in 2020.
She has received several nominations and awards, among these are, the Woman of Distinction Award, the American Association of University Women Research Award, the American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Award, and several Diversity and Equity awards to promote Inclusive Excellence.