Celebrating Cal State LA College of Arts and Letters 2018 Outstanding Professor Dionne Espinoza

August 20, 2018

(Photo Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)
By Margie Low | Cal State LA News Service


Six Cal State LA faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding achievements during the 2018 Fall Convocation at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

The four Outstanding Professor recipients and an Outstanding Lecturer recipient were honored for significant achievement in scholarly inquiry or creativity, as well as professional activities and community service.

The award recipients were introduced by Professor Leila Ricci, chair of the Outstanding Professor Awards Committee. 

This year’s College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Professor is Dionne Espinoza, a professor of liberal studies. She is also director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities.

Espinoza’s research documents the involvement of Chicanas in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. She has published essays on this topic and has co-edited two books: the award-winning Enriqueta Vasquez and the Chicano Movement: Writings from El Grito del Norte and Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era. She is currently revising her manuscript Bronze Womanhood: Chicana Activism in the Southwest Chicano Movement.

Espinoza has served on the editorial board of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies. She teaches courses on Chicana/Latina and Latin American women’s movements; comparative race/ethnicity, class, and gender studies; and Chicanas/Latinas in U.S. society.

She led the development and expansion of women’s and gender studies as chair of the advisory committee for women’s and gender studies, author of the post-baccalaureate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and as the first director of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. 

A resident of Covina, she received her Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. 

Photo: L-R President William A. Covino, Dionne Espinoza and Provost Lynn Mahoney.
(Photo Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)