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Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla 

Assistant Professor

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Sylvia is an Assistant Professor with the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University. She served, from 2019 to 2021, as the Public and Digital Humanities Research Fellow with the Hall Center for the Humanities, Institute of Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) and The Commons at the University of Kansas and from 2016 to 2019, she was a Research Assistant at Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program. Fernández earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies (Literature) with certifications in Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies and Spanish as a Heritage Language from the University of Houston. As a transfronteriza from the U.S.-Mexico Border, leveraging her personal experiences with her interdisciplinary background, her research, teaching and community work is situated at the intersections of Latinx-Mexican Border Literature, Archives, Languages and Cultures, Intersectional and Transnational Feminisms, Immigration and Border Studies, Geospatial Analysis and Digital Humanities. She collaborates with faculty, students, artists and library professionals leveraging digital technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. She is among the creators and principal coordinators of warmly received public and digital transnational projects that bring about social justice change in the digital and analog record through consciousness-raising.  

Selected Research

Selected Articles

  • 2020, Fernández Sylvia (ed.), “Borderlands Digital Humanities”, special issue, Reviews in Digital Humanities, eds. Roopika Risam and Jennifer Guiliano, 1(8/9). 
  • 2020, Fernández Sylvia. “Review: Ellas tienen nombre”. Reviews in Digital Humanities, eds. Roopika Risam and Jennifer Guiliano, 1(8/9). 
  • 2019, Gasca Laura, Maira Álvarez and Sylvia Fernández. “The Translation Practices of Spanish-language Newspapers Published in the US Borderlands Between 1808 and 1930,” ATISA Journal, Special Issue on “Translation and/in Periodical Publications”, 2019, 14(2), pp. 220-246. 
  • 2018, Fernández Sylvia “Los testimonios de Alicia Partnoy durante su desaparición y exilio.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades: Agencia, Historia y Empoderamiento Femenino, 2018, pp.124-142. 



Ph.D., Hispanic Studies with a concentration in U.S. Latino Literature, Cultures and Languages, University of Houston.
Graduate Certificate: Women’s Studies and Spanish as a Heritage Language, University of Houston.
M.A., Spanish (Literature and Linguistics), New Mexico State University.
B.A., Government and Spanish, New Mexico State University.
Minors in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and U.S./Mexico Border Issues, New Mexico State University.


2020 Graduate Student Winter Residency, “How to Create Meaningful Online Learning Experiences,” National Humanities Center

2020 Awarded project, “GeoTestimonios Transfronterizxs” with Gris Muñoz, Chicana poet and writer, from the Fund for Ethical Practices of Transborder Art (El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juárez, Chihu