Presenters

Imagining Latinidades has secured over twenty amazing scholars to come to Iowa City for their lectures. Below (in alphabetical order) is our list of presenters with their short bios. Click their names to be taken to a longer bio. We’ll update the list with more speakers if any are added. 


Frederick Luis Aldama 
University Distinguished Professor, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Alumni Distinguished Teacher at the Ohio State University

Leticia Alvarado
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, is a scholar of Visual Culture and Latinx Studies

Jillian Báez
Associate Professor of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York

Adrian Burgos, Jr.
Professor of History at University of Illinois, specializing in US Latinos, Sport History, and Urban History

Karma R. Chávez
Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Arlene Dávila
Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and the Founding Director of the Latinx Project at NYU

Theresa Delgadillo
Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University whose current research examines Latinx placemaking through cultural expression in the Midwest

Lilia Fernandez
Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Department of History at Rutgers University

Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Missouri, is an artist who examines borders, edges, and the people who must traverse them.

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializes in queer and trans Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx literature, culture, and performance

Valerie Martinez-Ebers
Director of Latina/o and Mexican American Studies and University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, studies the politics of marginalized groups in the United States with expertise in the mass political behavior and policy preferences of Latinos as well as the elite behavior of Latina elected officials

Cathryn Merla-Watson
Assistant Professor in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies as well as the Co-Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley where she teaches and researches Latinx Speculative Studies.

Claudia Milian
Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University.

Julie Avril Minich
Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Mexican American & Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin whose work focuses on Latinx literary and cultural studies, disability studies, and gender studies.

Natalia Molina
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California whose work lies at the intersections of race, gender, culture, and citizenship

Ed Morales
Author of Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture and lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Suzanne Oboler
Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York and is Founding Editor of the academic journal, Latino Studies (2002-2012)

Gina Pérez
Professor of American Studies at Oberlin College

Catherine S. Ramírez
Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a scholar of migration, citizenship, and race

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera
Professor of Performance Studies and Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University

Richard T. Rodríguez
Associate Professor of Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in Latina/o literary and cultural studies, film and visual culture, and queer studies

Anna Sampaio
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science, and Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Clara University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of immigration, Latina/o/x politics, race and gender politics, intersectionality, and transnationalism

Maura I. Toro-Morn
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Illinois State University, whose research examines migration in the context of gender and social class, particularly in the midwest.

Sujey Vega
Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University