Dr. Susana N. Ramírez is a nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and promotora-researcher of Indigenous medicine and ways. On her mother’s side, she inherited the generational resilience of detribalized women. From her father’s side, she is great-granddaughter of the Wixáritari people who migrate through present-day Zacatecas, México. She calls south Los Angeles, San Antonio, Tejas, and México her homes.
As a first-generation college student, she earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) while teaching Women’s Studies and English courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research emphasis is in Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous cultural and literary productions. More specifically, she critically engages creative discursive spaces of spiritual activism, women of color epistemologies and testimonio writings, and post-Borderlands literacies by Chicana author Gloria E. Anzaldúa. She also holds a MA in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University (2012) and a BA in American Literature and Cultures from the University of California Los Angeles (2009). She has published: “Recovering Gloria Anzaldúa’s Sci-Fi Roots: Nepantler@ Visions in the Unpublished and Published Speculative Precursors to Borderlands” with UCLA’s Aztlán (2015) and in Altermundos (2017). She sees herself as a reflection of her academic community especially academic madrina Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull.
Inspired by women of color feminisms and womanisms, she has worked on various transnational art and organizing efforts including the 26th Annual San Antonio International Woman’s Day March, Fandangeando con Mujeres, and UTSA’s Women’s History Month 2014. These different community projects centers the interconnected experiences of communities pushed to the margins. She has also published two creative pieces: “My Coming Out Letter to Gloria Anzaldúa” with Third Woman Press (forthcoming) and “Entrega Total” with Mujeres de Maiz (2012). She supports independent feminist publishers and believes writing for the next seven generations is a form of social and spiritual transformation.
As her life calling, she has returned to the path her grandmothers paved for her since birth. She is a practitioner of Mexican traditional medicine (MTM) and indigenous ceremony. She is learning from Mexican queer curandera and comadre, Reverend Virginia Marie Rincon and from her own familia’s rich oral stories of remedios and healing arts. Through Mexica Huitzilmeztli moondance ceremony, her spiritual madrinas, Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuahtli and nana Yvette Mendez, guide her camino of re-membering, honoring the Earth, and sacred connection.
Short Bio: Dr. Susana N. Ramírez is a nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and promotora-researcher of Indigenous medicine and ways. She is a first-generation college student who recently earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) while teaching Women’s Studies and English courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio.