María Bolivar


Email: [email protected] | Office: AL 171 | Phone: (619) 594-6679

María Dolores Bolívar received her B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University (1981) and M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego (1993).

María teaches Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation, Spanish for Educators and Spanish for the Medical Professions. She speaks English, Spanish and French, and studied Portuguese and Italian at SDSU. She supports the Alumni Mentor Program and is the current advisor to the Interpreters and Translators Club.

In addition to her academic endeavors María free-lances as interpreter, translator, and lexicographer, in French and Spanish. She has been a romance language team advisor in the making of dictionaries in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

As writer, cultural journalist, and critic, María has founded the journal Olas Civiles and contributes to numerous publications and editorial projects in the Border Region, Zacatecas, California, and Arizona. Her journalistic work featuring the county of Riverside has appeared in the local publication Hoy San Diego (formerly Enlace), of the San Diego Union Tribune.

María’s past academic assignments include Arizona State University (1994-1999), El Colegio de México’s Women’s Interdisciplinary Program, PIEM- (1993, 1995, 1996) Universidad Iberoamericana (1982-1985), Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (1986-1987), Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (1987, 1988, 1989), Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (2001-2002), and National University (1992-1993) and the San Diego County Offices of Education where she taught for the BCLAD and created webcasts on cultural topics (1989-1993) and (2002-2004).

María’s academic publications appear in Texto Crítico, Nuevo Texto Crítico, Casa de las Américas, Revista de Literatura Mexicana and the Compilations Sin imágenes falsas, sin falsos espejos (PIEM-El Colegio de México) and Mujeres Siglos XIX y XX (Casa de las Américas.) 
I was 1st place in poetry at the Chicano Latino Literary Award, University of California, Irvine, with La Palabra (H)Era (1989). She is the author of the books Ciudad que se me escapa (1988), Zacatecas polvo y luz (2006), Mudanzas, empacar lo que no esté roto –Moves, Pack What Isn’t Broken- (2017), and Río, para después el mar –Flow out to sea- (An anthology of her poetic work from 1986-2016).