Suyapa Portillo Villeda
Published December 14, 2017
Updated April 15, 2021

Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an associate professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. She documents working-class history and lives and challenges stereotypes of the so-called “banana republics” in Central America.

Portillo Villeda’s new book is Roots of Resistance: A Story of Gender, Race, and Labor on the North Coast of Honduras, which focuses on the working-class culture of resistance on the Honduran North Coast and the radical organizing that challenged U.S. and foreign intervention at the onset of the Cold War.

Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o transnational studies, labor, Honduras, Central America, history of immigration and migration in Central America, LGBTQ community in Honduras, LGBTQ human rights in Central America

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.


Twitter: @SuyapaPV

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