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Mónica Russel y Rodriguez

Affiliated Faculty, Senior Lecturer; Associate Dean, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles

Mónica Russel y Rodríguez is the Associate Dean of Teaching-Track and Visiting Faculty Faculty in Weinberg College. She is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and in Latina and Latino Studies. Her administrative expertise includes hiring and promotion of non-tenure line faculty, data-based decision making and curriculum analysis, and diversity and inclusion.  She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology at Yale University and a doctorate in cultural anthropology at UCLA. Prior to joining the Northwestern community in 2000, she taught at the University of Colorado Boulder, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Duke University. At Northwestern, she has also served as a Weinberg adviser and as Interim Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program.

Mónica is an ethnographer with broad disciplinary interests that include Anthropology, Latinx Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies. She works primarily with US Latinx populations and larger questions of representation of Latinxs in academe, public policy, and the media. Her interests are gender, sexuality, race and class in Latina/o communities.  Her research areas include Los Angeles, Denver, rural New Mexico, and Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. Her research agenda and publications focus on Chicana feminist theory, theories and methods of ethnography, and questions of race and mixed race in Chicana/o communities. Her activism has centrally involved women's health and reproductive rights, particularly for under-served and undocumented Latinas.

Her articles have been published in Voces, a Journal of Chicana/ Latina Studies, The Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, The Latino Studies  Journal, including reprints of her work in The Journal of Latino/a Research and Policy (2000) and The Qualitative Inquiry Reader (2001). She was an Associate Editor of The Chicana/ Latina Studies Journal and most recently reviews articles for Journal of Gender Studies and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

She is recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Danforth Foundation, she has mentored faculty for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and she has received research funding from several associations including the National Science Foundation and UCMexus.

Courses Taught

  • "Latina Feminisms"