Kathya Landeros

Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities and Assistant Professor of Art

Visual artist interested in the photographic representation of Latinx and immigrant communities.

Kathya Maria Landeros is a Mexican-American photographer and educator. Influenced by her bi-cultural upbringing, her work of the past decade focuses on Latinx communities and the exploration of history, migration, representation and belonging.
Her research has been supported through the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, a Fulbright Fellowship, an AIGA Worldstudio Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Rayko Photo Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where she created a self-published artist book titled Verdant Land. It is now part of a traveling group exhibition titled 'Race, Love, and Labor,' curated by art historian Sarah Lewis, and is in the permanent collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at institutions such as the Diggs Gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and through the San Francisco Arts Commission in California. In addition, her work is held in both private and public collections including the Figge Art Museum and Baylor University's Institute for Oral History.
Prior to joining the faculty at Wellesley, she taught at institutions of higher education in California and Massachusetts. She also spent an extensive period of time living abroad, in both China and Mexico, where she worked on long-term projects with migrant and immigrant communities documenting the socio-economic effects of migration.
When not thinking about photography, she can be found spending time with her daughter and partner and their two chihuahua-mix rescue dogs.

Current and upcoming courses

  • Photo I is a foundational studio course exploring key methods and concepts in photography and visual media. Technical skills will be addressed through camera and darkroom work, lighting, and the discussion of photographic images. Studio assignments, readings, discussions, lectures, gallery visits, and critiques will help students understand photography's broader role in contemporary art, history, and society. Aimed for first year and sophomore students, and those pursuing majors in Studio Art, MAS, or CAMS. (ARTS 108 and CAMS 138 are cross-listed courses.)