DIONNE ESPINOZA was raised in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and El Monte. She received her B.A. at UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Cornell University in English Language and Literature. At CSULA, she holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Chicano Studies. She teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies curriculum of the Department of Liberal Studies and serves as Coordinator and Advisor of the Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, the Certificate in the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, and the Liberal Studies Major with a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. She is also the Coordinator of GE Upper Division Theme C, Gender in the Diversity of Human Experience.
She has published essays on Chicana/o youth culture, feminism, and the women's participation in the Chicano movement (el movimiento) of the 1960s & 1970s. She is completing a manuscript, Bronze Womanhood: Chicana Activism in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement 1965-1980, which draws upon archival materials and oral history to tell the stories of women's involvement in MEChA, the Brown Berets, Raza Unida Party and the Crusade for Justice. Her current and ongoing research interests include intersectionality in social movement activism and organizations and Chicana/Latina, women of color, and U.S. Third World feminist theories of decolonization and social justice.