Gutierrez y Muhs Receives Award for Excellence

Written by Laura Paskin
June 23, 2015

Professor Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Modern Languages and Cultures Department and the Women and Gender Studies Department, is the inaugural recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors.

"Gutierrez y Muhs, an internationally renowned scholar in both the Spanish- and English-speaking worlds, is a creative intellectual, literary critic, and poet. She is known for her work on identity and intersectionality, specifically the study of the intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination, and discrimination," said Provost Isiaah Crawford in bestowing the award at commencement.

Gutierrez y Muhs has published four books and numerous articles, essays, chapters, opinion pieces, and poems. Among her books is the critically acclaimed Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Utah State University Press) for which she served as the primary editor.

"Her remarkable creativity is exemplified by her role on campus as one of our 'unofficial poets,'" Crawford noted. "She has lent her original poems and singular voice and perspective to literally hundreds of speeches, keynotes, ceremonies, panels, and programs over the past fifteen years. We are the very fortunate beneficiaries of her wisdom and her passion for building a community of scholars at Seattle University."

Gutierrez y Muhs, who received her Ph.D. in Spanish with a primary field in Chicana/o Literature and Peninsular Studies from Stanford University, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000. She regularly teaches courses in culture, civilization, language, literature, and gender studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 6 master's degrees.