Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MALS welcomes new Interim Chair

Tue, September 5, 2017
MALS welcomes new Interim Chair
Laura G. Gutiérrez, Interim Chair

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) welcomes Interim Chair, Dr. Laura G. Gutiérrez. Dr. Gutiérrez became the Interim Chair effective September 1, 2017. She joins the Latino Studies leadership team comprised of the Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, Dr. John Morán González, and the Director of the Latino Research Initiative, Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, in their effort to strengthen and grow Latino Studies at UT while making the work visible regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Laura G. Gutiérrez is Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Her primary research and teaching areas of interest are: Latin American, Mexican and Latina/o performance and visual cultures, gender and sexuality, race and racial formation, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. Gutiérrez is the author of Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas y Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (U Texas P, 2010), which won The Ninth Annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. Her teaching interests include Latina/o and Mexican visual cultural studies, performance studies, popular culture, and feminist theories. For the last two summers, Gutiérrez served as the program director for the department’s summer study abroad program.

Gutiérrez received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has had teaching appointments at the University of Iowa and the University of Arizona. Gutiérrez’s research and writing has been supported by a César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona and a Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, “Sex, Race & Globalization Project” at the University of Arizona. Gutiérrez is on the Board of Advisors of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and on the Editorial Boards of Feminist Formations and Estudios de Género (based Mexico City’s El Colegio de México). She holds affiliate appointments in the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the new LGBTQ Studies Program. She is also a faculty associate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

Gutiérrez is excited to join the department in working with MALS faculty and students, as well as collaborating with units across the College of Liberal Arts and the university as a whole.

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