Ella Maria Diaz

Associate Professor


Ella Maria Diaz is an associate professor of English and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Her book Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History (2017) explores the art, poetry, performance, and political activism of a vanguard Chicano/a art collective founded in Sacramento, California, during the U.S. civil rights era. For this work, Diaz won the 2019 Book Award for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Association (NACCS). Diaz’s second book, published in 2020, is a primer on Chicano artist José Montoya and volume 12 of the UCLA and Chicano Studies Research Center’s A Ver series. Diaz has published in several anthologies as well as articles in English Language Notes (ELN), ASAP/Journal, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and Chicana-Latina Studies Journal.

Research Focus

  • U.S. Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x visual cultures and literatures
  • Critical Race Studies
  • U.S. Latina/o/x diaspora

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