Liberal Studies Faculty

Dionne Espinoza, Liberal Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Joint appointment with Chicana (o)/Latina (o) Studies)

Dionne Espinoza

Dionne Espinoza, Ph.D. is Professor of Chicana (o) and Latina (o) Studies, Liberal Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the California State University, Los Angeles. She is the current Director of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and past Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (2004-2008). When she was Director of CSGS she co-founded the Annual Student Research Conference, “Gender, Sexuality, and Power" in 2005.  She is currently revising her book manuscript Bronze Womanhood: Chicana Labor and Leadership in the Chicano Movement in the Southwest and is also co editing (with Maylei Blackwell and Maria Cotera) ¡Chicana! New Narratives of Women’s Activism in the Chicano Movement Era. Both of these projects  engage archival and oral herstory methods. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/Latina and women of color feminism, history, and activism.  She was raised in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and El Monte and received her BA at UC Berkeley and her MA/PhD at Cornell University in English. In these programs her studies focused on comparative race/ethnicity studies, postcolonial theory, and women of color feminisms.