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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 activism and media justice, health justice and social determinants of health, as well as research justice (i.e. participatory action research). Lena is currently writing a book that puts Indigenous, Black, Trans and Two-Spirit peoples, their ideas and lives into conversation, as well as adds to the raging debates about the nature of the settler colonial and carceral state projects in both the United States and Canada. "Media Necropwer: Indigenous and Black Women’s Media Justice Activism in Settler States" examines how North American Indigenous and race-radical feminist activists deploy particular strategies, tactics, pedagogies, and solidarities to counter media necropower. It is under contract with Temple University Press’s newest series "Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality."


Specialties

  • Critical carceral studies and abolitionist feminisms
  • 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
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Health justice and structural determinants of health

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

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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