Priscilla Solis Ybarra is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at Rice University in 2007 with specializations in Chicana/o Literature and Ecocriticism. She was a McNair Scholar as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas. The McNair Program is a federally-funded program for undergraduate researchers with low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds. She received her B.A. in English in 1997. Her dissertation, "Walden Pond in Aztlán: A Literary History of Chicana/o Environmental Writing Since 1848," is the first study to engage a long-range environmental literary history of Chicana/o writing.
Dr. Ybarra's article "Lo que quiero es tierra: Longing and Belonging in Cherríe Moraga's Ecological Vision" was published in the 2004 collection New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, and a co-authored article about Mexican and Mexican American environmental writing is forthcoming in the MLA collection Teaching North American Environmental Writing.
Dr. Ybarra has presented at various national and international conferences, including the Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Western Literature Association, Congreso Internacional de Literatura Chicana, and two conferences organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
She has taught courses for the Departments of English at Rice University and the University of California, Los Angeles, and for the Department of American Studies at Yale University.