Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull
Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull is our executive director of The Women’s Studies Institute, and Professor of English at UTSA. Dr. Saldívar-Hull published Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature, and she’s the co-editor of El Mundo Xurdo 2 and 3 published by the top feminist press Aunt Lute. She also has published many powerful essays such as the “Critical Introduction” to the second edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Dr. Saldívar-Hull is from El Rio Grande Valley, Tejas, and she’s a mera mera in the Chicana/o Studies field. She has dedicated her academic life highlighting the previously silenced artistry of Chicana authors, such as her feminist inspirations Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes. Dr. Saldívar-Hull is best known for her mentorship and dedication to her students. Many of her students are currently in tenure or tenure-track teaching positions across the country, and continues to inspire future generations of underrepresented students in higher education.
Dr. Sara A. Ramírez
Dr. Sara A. Ramírez is a first-generation college graduate
(University of Notre Dame, 2005), who earned her doctorate in Comparative
Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016. She is our
Women’s Studies Undergraduate Advisor of Record and Internship Coordinator. As
a Lecturer I since 2013, she has reconceptualized and taught upper-division
courses such as Decolonial Feminist Research Methodologies; and Feminism,
Colonization, and Globalization. She also teaches courses on Feminist of Color
Theories and Anzaldúan Thought. In 2015, she was awarded the Lavender Faculty
Award for her commitment to the LGTBQ community at UTSA.
Her main areas of expertise are women’s, gender, and sexuality studies that center the experiences of people of color; trauma studies with a comparative ethnic studies focus; Chicana/Latina literature, drama, and performance; decolonial feminist thought; and queer of color theory. Her current research project engages quantitative and qualitative research on mental health to explore the sociopolitical and psychological significance of creative public works by women of color. In addition to her research, teaching, and advising duties, Dr. Ramirez is part of the Third Woman Press Collective revitalizing the historic Third Woman Press.
Dr. Lapétra Rochelle Bowman
Originally from Malzéville, France, Dr. Bowman began attending UTSA at the age of 17, where she completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate in English and Comparative Feminist Literatures. Over the last fifteen years, she worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts (from May 2000 to May 2014), she taught as a Lecturer I for the Department of English and for the Department of Philosophy, Classics, and Humanities, during which time she was also the Internship Coordinator for English and the Undergraduate Advisor of Record for Humanities. Dr. Bowman is currently a Women's Studies faculty member for the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches Women’s Studies courses, advises Women’s Studies majors of career, course, and program options as the Undergraduate Advisor of Record and the Women's Studies Internship Coordinator, and works as the Core Assessment and Program Assessment Coordinator for the Women’s Studies Program and the Women’s Studies Institute in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA.
Firmly grounded in the work of Gloria Anzaldua and the concepts/practice of Conocimiento and Nepantla, Dr. Bowman’s work focuses on Transnational Feminisms, Third-Space Feminist Theory, Literature, and Identity Politics, Trans-Colonialism and Trans-Colonial Praxis, Dis/memberment Theory and Historiographic Re/membrance, Comparative World Literatures, and Chicana/Caribbean Diasporic Literatures. She has presented and refereed at a few conferences, namely NACCS, MALCS, and CSA (e.g. "Third-Space Feminisms and the Memoirs of a Mujer Mala,” Building Bridges Conference, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, in April 2008; “Su Cuerpo Es Una Bocacalle: Third-Space Chicana Feminist Theory in the Flesh, Post-Colonialism, and the Revolution of Trans-Colonialism,” NACCS, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in April 2009; “Caribbean Feminist Re/membrance,” Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, June 2009; and "M/Othered Subjectivity in Caribbean Women's Literatures," Language Speaks Us Conference, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico March 2014).
Dr. Bowman has taught a great variety of courses which include "Third-Space Feminisms," "Chicana Cultural Expressions," "Women Writers of the Holocaust," "Individual Authors: Edwidge Danticat," "Introduction to Women's Studies," "Medieval Visionary Women Writers," "French Feminisms," and "Caribbean Feminisms." In the Spring 2016 term, she will be teaching two Introduction to Women's Studies courses, and a new Women's Studies film course which will examine representations of women's bodies in media and film.
Sonia Ivette Valencia
Sonia Ivette Valencia is pursuing a PhD in English. Her research interests include Chicana and Latina cultural production, specifically 21st century literature, theatre, and film. Her doctoral research is in dialogue with Chicana/Latina and Native American feminists, eco-criticism, animal studies, and post-humanism. Prior to engaging in doctoral studies at UTSA, Sonia earned a master's degree in English from Georgetown University and Bachelor's degrees in English and Women's Studies from University of California, Riverside.
Megan Elizabeth Nieto
Megan Elizabeth Nieto is pursuing a PhD in English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include Xicana Indígena feminist spiritualities, transnational feminisms, dietary decolonization, and Latin@ drama and performance. She has taught a variety of English courses, including rhetoric and composition classes, surveys of American literature, and literary criticism and analysis, as well as English as a Second Language. She is currently teaching Introduction to Women’s Studies courses. She earned her master’s degree from Texas A&M International University and was a recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship.
WSI Program Coordinator
Raquel Torres is a Master’s student in English. Her research areas include Latinx literature, Puerto Rican-American and DiaspoRican identities, diaspora and border studies, spoken word performances, feminisms, and queer theory. Previously, Raquel was an Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistant for the UTSA Mexico Center. She edited manuscripts and conducted research pertaining to U.S. and Mexico relations, undocumented students, the DREAM Act, DACA, DAPA, and (im)migrant women and families. She served as a co-chair for the 2015 UTSA Women’s History Month and will again for this upcoming year.
WSI Student Activity Assistant
Emily Gregory is currently an undergraduate freshman at UTSA. She is in the Honors College and is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She is in many student organizations, such as Pre-OT Society, Students United for Planned Parenthood (SUPP), and Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree with hopes to one day move to Portland, Oregon and practice there.
WSI Student Activity Assistant
Margarita Ariza is currently a freshman at UTSA. She plans on obtaining a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also very interested in art and Chicano Studies. In high school she was the vice president of her school’s first Feminist Club and hopes that she can learn more about feminist studies to one day go back and teach students about the value of equality. Even though she is a freshman, her main goal is to be able to give back to her community once she graduates from UTSA.
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