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Pioneering Women: Women Who Blazed Trails and Women Who Lead

Texas Woman’s University now offers an interdisciplinary book series focused on the lives and work of courageous women.

The TWU Book Series is published by Texas A&M Press. Books selected by the TWU Book Series editorial committee are passed on to Texas A&M Press for peer review.

Now accepting book proposals

Book Proposal Guidelines
About the series

This interdisciplinary book series features women in the arts, sciences, politics, business and health sciences. We seek manuscripts that celebrate the indomitable spirit of women innovators who are among the first in their fields, who have made outstanding contributions to their fields, or who have paved the way for those who follow. These manuscripts may be:

  • monographs
  • edited collections
  • theoretical analyses
  • biographies
  • memoirs
  • illustrated volumes of visual art or photography
  • historical studies
  • contemporary analyses

Submittals do not have to be scholarly works.

The TWU Book Series falls under the auspices of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership.

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Call for papers

Gloria E. Anzaldua
Photo courtesy of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Gloria E. Anzaldúa: “I change myself, I change the world.”

Abstracts due: Sept. 14, 2020

Honoring former Texas Woman’s University student Gloria E. Anzaldúa, we are compiling an edited collection of essays composed by TWU graduate students and alumni whose own lives, scholarship, theories and praxes have been inspired and/or informed by Anzaldúa. Essay topics include but are not limited to:

  • explorations of Anzaldúa’s scholarship
  • original scholarship connecting to or building upon Anzaldúa’s theory
  • new applications and/or interpretations of Anzaldúan theory
  • examinations of Anzaldúa’s experimental, multigenre methods
  • reflections upon the meanings and legacies of Anzaldúa as a person and theorist.

Submit the following to Kimberly Merenda,

  • Paper title
  • Abstract, 250-300 words
  • Projected number of pages in the essay
  • Short biography
  • Your contact details

Editorial committee

  • Claire Sahlin (chair), Graduate School interim dean, Cornaro Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Jessica Gullion, associate dean of research, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology associate professor
  • Christopher Johnson, chief of staff
  • Kimberly Johnson, director of Special Collections, TWU Libraries
  • Shannon Mantaro, senior director, Center for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Kim Miloch, associate dean, College of Health Sciences, Kinesiology professor
  • Holly Hansen-Thomas, vice provost for Research and Innovation, Teacher Education professor
  • Donna Scott Tilley, associate dean for Research, College of Nursing, Nursing professor
  • Kimberly C. Merenda, postdoctoral research associate, TWU Book Series


TWU acknowledges its appreciation to Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup, whose generosity has made the TWU Pioneering Women Book Series possible.