106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
120 Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
216 Women and Popular Culture: Latina Nannies and the Latina Sex Pot
223 Gendering the Bronze Screen: Representation of Chicanas/Latinas in Film
326 Crossing the Border(s): Narratives or Transgression
I am thrilled to join the Women’s and Gender Studies Dept. at Wellesley College.
Before coming to Wellesley, I earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University
of California at San Diego and my M.A. and B.A. in English and Women’s
Studies from New Mexico State University. My work specializes in Chicana/o-Latina/o
Studies with an emphasis in literature and culture.
My current work blends my love of literature and popular culture in
an effort to investigate the ways in which women of color, especially
immigrant women and their labor, are represented in contemporary cultural
productions. I see the study of cultural productions as an important
field of inquiry because it tells us so much about the ways in which
the world around us is constructed. By looking at stories of immigration
in popular culture, we can see how producers of cultural texts choose
to represent the changes that have occurred over the past twenty years
in the movement of women across national boundaries.
Growing up in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has deeply informed
my research. I have combined my background in Women’s Studies,
Border Studies, and my work in popular culture in a second project on
the U.S.-based cultural productions representing the femicides (often
referred to as the maquiladora murders) taking place in Northern Mexico.
I’m interested in looking at how cultural producers portray the
changes taking place in the U.S./Mexico border area with the mass migration
and heavy industrialization of the region.
I believe that the classroom is a space of unlimited possibilities where
the enthusiastic exchange of ideas takes place. I see my job as an educator
as an endeavor to help students critically examine the world we inhabit.
In the classroom, I expect students to be active participants in their
learning, challenging texts and interrogating key ideas. By engaging
students in the subject material being studied, I hope to create in the
classroom a space for the sharing of knowledge. Having been mentored
by some wonderful women throughout my educational life, I also firmly
believe in the value of mentoring and see my work as a teacher not ending
when I leave the classroom.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS:
Mujeres Moving Across Space and Place: Challenging Representations of
Immigrant Mexicanas in Cultural Productions.” National Association
of Chicana and Chicano Studies April 2007, Fresno, CA.
Constructing A Cultural Heritage: The Differing Discourses of Labor and
Gender in Early 20th Century Mexican American Literature.” Recovering
the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Conference, October 2006,
St. Louis, MO.
Sexism and Homophobia in Culture Clash’s Bordertown.” National
Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies June 2006, Guadalajara Mexico.
Queer Motherhood, Patriarchy, and the Nation State: Cherríe Moraga’s
Aztlán in The Hungry Woman.” Latina Letters: The Tenth Annual
Conference on Latina Literature and Identity, July 2005.
“Maquilas in the Free Trade Zone: Cheap Labor, Disposable Lives.” Keynote
Speech, Herkeimer County Community College Women’s History Month Celebration,
Herkeimer NY, March 10, 2005.
The Maquiladora Murders: Intersection of International Capitalist Exploitation
and the Threatened Patriarchy in Juarez, México.” Latin America:
Past, Present, and Future. Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies
XXIV Annual Conference, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 2004.
Queering the Tourist/Exiling the Queer or A Long Vacation: Issues of Movement
and Mobility in Our Lady of the Assassins.” QGrad 2002: A Graduate Student
Conference on Sexuality and Gender, UCLA.
Caribbean Border Crossers: Negotiating Identity and Ideas of Home,“ 25th
Annual African Literatures Association Conference, UC San Diego, 2002.
“The Media Representation of Lilith Fair,” Through the Looking Glass:
Feminism and Popular Culture. 23rd Annual Women’s Studies Conference, SUNY-New
UC San Diego Literature Department Year Long Dissertation Fellowship,
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Dissertation Research Fellowship,
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005
Verna Newman Rule Endowed Memorial Scholarship, 2000
Charles M. and Pamela S. Sphar Endowed Scholarship, 1999
New Mexico Commission on Higher Education Graduate Fellowship, 1999-2000