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Fall 2015

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Eden E Torres PhD

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GWSS 425 Ford Hall 224 Church St SE

Narrative

Edén Torres is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies as well as Chicano and Latino Studies, with adjunct status in American Studies. Beginning college at the age of thirty-five, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching since 1990. A specialist in Chicana feminist and Chicana/o cultural studies Torres focuses on the intersecting and overlapping nature of socially-constructed categories like race, class and gender. She maintains an interest in pedagogy and tries to inspire students to analyze and think critically about their own social locations so that they will be ready to function ethically and with purpose in a transnational context. Because she was nominated for these awards by her students, Torres is most appreciative and proud of winning the Arthur "Red" Motley Award for Exemplary Teaching 2003-2004, and the Council on Graduate Studies Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013. Torres is the author of Chicana Without Apology/Chicana sin vergüenza: The New Chicana Cultural Studies. Beginning in June 2013, Torres will be the Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, 2013-2016.


Specialties

  • race, class & gender
  • Chicana/o cultural studies
  • Chicana/Chicano history and politics
  • Chicana feminist theory
  • Feminist & Critical Pedagogies
  • Gender, Labor & Politics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: American Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1998.

Publications

  • Ella que tiene jefes y no los ve, se queda en cueros: Chicana Intellectuals (Re)Creating Revolution. Torres, Eden, Academic Feminism Dead? Theory in Practice, NYU Press, 2000.
  • Chicana Without Apology: The New Chicana Cultural Studies. Torres, Eden, Routledge, 2003.
  • "Power, Politics, and Pleasure: Class Differences and the Law.". Torres, Eden, Rutgers Law Review, February 2003.
  • "Ever-Widening Circles: Broadening the Definitions and Usefulness of 'Chicana Feminisms.'". Torres, Eden, Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 23, #4, Author, 2004.
  • Torres, Edén E. "Is Postnationalism Liberating?" Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Fall 2011.

Research Activities

  • Justice System on Trial: Mexican Americans, Popular Culture and the Law: an exploration of the media's influence on practices within the justice system, this study critically analyzes the effects of biased representations on the Mexican American community.

Creative Activities

  • A Visible Heat Rising: Torres is currently editing the manuscript. This novel follows two Chicanas coming of age and growing old in Minnesota.

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social , Aug. 2003 - Dec. 2008
  • Associate Editor: Aztlán, Journal of Chicano Studies , Jan. 2009

Outreach Activities

  • Celebrando Mujeres: Keynote Speaker. UC Berkeley's Distinguished Chicana Scholars speaker's series, Mar. 2007
  • Invited Speaker: Brown, Black, White and Everything In Between: Anti-Racist Education v Multiculturalism in the Classroom. Loyola Marymount University, Jan. 2008
  • NACCS National Conference, San Antonio TX: Keynote Speaker, March 2012

Awards

  • President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award, Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • University of Minnesota Grant in Aid, College of Liberal Arts, 2001 - 2003
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Award for Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013

Courses Taught

  • WoSt4401 - Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies
  • WoSt 8490 - Chicana/Latina Feminisms
  • GWSS 8107 - Feminist Pedagogies
  • GWSS 3406 - Gender, Labor & Politics
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