Victoria Bañales
English Instructor
Journal X, Editor
Faculty Senate Vice President
(831) 479-6112
Watsonville Center

* Ph.D. in Literature and Feminist Studies, 2005, University of California, Santa Cruz

* M.A. in Literature, 1999, University of California, Santa Cruz

* M.A. in World and Comparative Literature, 1997, San Francisco State University

* B.A. in Comparative Literature, 1992, University of California, Santa Barbara

"It is our responsibility, as writers and teachers, to make sure that our texts and our classrooms are not 'safe' spaces from which a reader or student may return unchanged or unthreatened. While a fictional territory...may guarantee million-dollar advances in New York and glowing student evaluations, we have to remember the immortal words of Gerald Vizenor: 'Some upsetting is necessary'. Literary terrorism is preferable to literary tourism." -Louis Owens

Spring 2024 Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays, 12:00 - 12:30 PM (Office A302) & 2:00 - 2:15 PM (Classroom 360), 3rd floor. Building A, Watsonville Center

  • Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:15 PM (Classroom 280), 2nd floor. Building A, Watsonville Center

Immigrants Rising
Transforming Lives Through Education

Undocumented students can get support as they go to college! Go to the Immigrants Rising website! Here's what they do:

Beyond DACA: Find out what's possible for you regardless of DACA

Making Money: Work for yourself and generate income

Going to College in CA: Pursue and complete your college degree

Getting Papers: Learn about your immigration options and find support

Mental Health: Get support for your mental and emotional well-being

AND MORE! Check out the Immigrants Rising website and scroll down to see all the options. To learn more about Immigrants Rising watch this video.

Our 4th edition will be published Summer 2024