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Fall 2015

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Office Hours: Tuesday 10am to 3pm or by appointment

Dr Lena C Palacios

Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies 224 Church St SE Rm 425 Ford Hall

Narrative

Lena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on critical prison studies and prison abolitionism, Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms, girls’ and girlhood studies, transformative justice and community accountability, media justice, as well as research justice (i.e. participatory action research). Lena is currently writing a book focusing on the activism of Indigenous, Black, and Chicana/Latina girls and women who are at the forefront of transformative justice movements in Canada and the United States, particularly around sexual and carceral state violence.


Specialties

  • Critical prison studies and prison abolitionism
  • Transformative justice and community accountability
  • Racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence within carceral, settler states
  • Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms
  • Girls’ and girlhood studies
  • Research justice and critical participatory action research
  • Media justice and social movement media

Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care (IRT-CAPC) Program, Division of General, Pediatrics & Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minnesota , 2016-current.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher/Visiting Scholar: Public Science Project and Critical Social/Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, 2015.
  • Ph.D.: Educational Studies and Communication Studies with Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies, McGill University , Montreal, QC, 2014.
  • M.A.: Cultural Studies, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, 2002.
  • B.A.: American Studies and Community Development, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, 2000.

Publications

  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Challenging Convictions: Indigenous and Black Race-Radical Feminists Theorizing the Carceral State and Abolitionist Praxis in the United States and Canada." Meridians 15 (2016): 137-165.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Killing Abstractions: Indigenous Women and Black Trans Girls Challenging Media Necropower in White Settler States." Critical Ethnic Studies 2.2 (Fall 2016): 35-60.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "'Something Else to Be': A Chicana Survivor’s Journey from Vigilante Justice to Transformative Justice." philoSOPHIA A Journal of Continental Feminism 6.1 (2016): 93-108.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "‘Ain't no justice...It's just us’: Girls Organizing against Interpersonal and Institutional Violence." Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: Contemporary paradigms for research (2016): 279-295.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "“'With Immediate Cause': Intense Dreaming as World-making"." Journal of Abolition (2016): Link
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Racialized and Gendered Necropower in Canadian News and Legal Discourse." Feminist Formations 26.1 (2014): 1-26.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla, Ilyan Ferrer, Rosalind Hampton, Elma Moses, and Edward Lee. "Learning in Social Action: Students of Color and the Québec Student Movement." Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 29.2 (2013): 6-25.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla, E.-J. Milne, Claudia Mitchell and Naydene De Lange. "(Re) framing the scholarship on participatory video : from celebration to critical engagement." Handbook of Participatory Video (2012): 49–64.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "From the Arab Spring to the Maple Spring: National Student Protests Graduate to Transnational Social Movements." TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 28 (2012): 268-275.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "'Smile Now, Cry Later': Chicana and Mexicana Homegirls Trespassing/ Reinforcing Linguistic, Gendered, and Political Borders." Girlhood Studies 3:2 (2010): 149-159.

Research Activities

  • Criminal Justice Curator for the Gender Policy Report: Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota, 2017 - current
  • Health Justice Researcher: Health Justice Research Circle, Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality (RIGS) Initiative, 2016 - current
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care Program, Division of General, Pediatrics & Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 2016 - current
  • Faculty Adviser: College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dean’s Freshman Research and Creative Awards Program, 2015 - current
  • Program Fellow: Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring (HELM), Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2015 - 2016

Professional Activities

  • Participatory Action Research (PAR) Evaluator: Improving Healthy Food Practices Through Traditional Indigenous Growing Technologies” PAR project with the Urban Farming Institute and Tamales y Bicicletas, Minneapolis, Minnesota , 2017 - current

Awards

  • Insitute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship (UMN, Twin Cities), 2017 - 2017
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid, 2016 - 2018
  • IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2017
  • Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Award, 2016 - 2017
  • Imagine Fund Special Event Award, 2016 - 2017
  • Barnard Center for Research on Women Library Research Award, 2016 - 2017

Courses Taught

  • GWSS 8210 - Seminar: Feminist Theory and Praxis (Topic: Activist Scholarship and the Neoliberal University)
  • GWSS 4002 - Politics of Engagement and Social Justice
  • GWSS 3002V - Honors: Gender, Race and Class in the U.S. (Topic: Girls, Girlhoods, and Resistance)
  • GWSS 3002W - Writing Intensive: Gender, Race and Class in the U.S. (Topic: Girls, Girlhoods, and Resistance)
  • CHIC 5920 - Topics in Chicana/o Studies: Chicanas/os-Latinas/os, Police Violence & Mass Incarceration
  • CHIC 3900 - Topics in Chicana/o Studies: Chicanas/os-Latinas/os, Police Violence & Mass Incarceration
  • GWSS 1005 - Engaging Justice (Topic: Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People of Color Against Violence)
  • GWSS 5290 - Topics: Biology, Health, and Environmental Studies (Topic: Health Violence and the State)
  • BTHX 5000 - Topics in Bioethics (Topic: Health Violence and the State)
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