Press Release for Friday, October 1, 2010

Professor Discusses New Arizona Anti-Immigration Law

Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The Intercultural Center for PEACE at the University of North Florida presents Dr. Sandra Soto, associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W. She will discuss the new Arizona anti-immigration law. This event is free and open to the public.


Soto is the co-coordinator of the Chicana/Latina Studies Concentration, and affiliate faculty of English and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interdisciplinary research agenda draws on Chicana/o and Latina/o literary studies, queer theory and gender studies to offer innovative approaches to the over-determined terrain of social relations, cultural representation and knowledge production.


Her book, Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire,  replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality. She is currently working on her second book tentatively titled "Feeling Greater Mexico, " which pursues unlikely connections between critical transnational studies and U.S. ethnic studies and focuses on the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. Her teaching interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, feminist theories, transnational feminisms, critical race studies, U.S. Third World Feminism and queer theory.



For more information about this event, funded by UNF Student Government, contact Chris Bender, Intercultural Center for PEACE, at 620-2842.