Yolanda Chavez Leyva

Liberal Arts Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Yolanda Chavez Leyva
Associate Professor, History - Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS)

Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva specializes in border history, public history, and Chicana/o history. She has directed various public history projects focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past decade, including serving as Project Developer for “El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican Revolution,” a groundbreaking museum exhibit on El Paso’s role in the Revolution. In the past, she has directed an oral history project with the Socorro community and a “museum for a day” project involving UTEP graduate students and high school students as well as the creation of a website, “Border Public History.” She directs Museo Urbano, a “museum without walls” that highlights the history of the US-Mexico border. Her research and expertise focus on historical representation, borderlands history in the 20th century, public and oral history, and Mexican American history. She is also director of the Institute of Oral History and founding director of the Borderlands Public History Lab.


  1. Public History
  2. US-Mexican Border history
  3. Mexican American history
  4. El Paso history