Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
The Politics of Resentment in Arizona
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m.
Professor Soto will analyze the treatment of Latinos (both documented and undocumented) in terms of Arizona’s “show-me-your-papers law” and the “ethnic studies law.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Education.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Sandra K. Soto is co-coordinator of the Chicana/Latina Studies Concentration, and affiliate faculty of English, Mexican American Studies, and Latin American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin (with a focus in Ethnic and Third World Literature). Her interdisciplinary research agenda draws on Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, queer theory, and gender studies to offer innovative approaches to the overdetermined terrain of social relations, cultural representation, and knowledge production. Her book Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire (University of Texas Press, 2010), 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.