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The Women's and Gender Studies program at Texas Tech University is an interdisciplinary academic program supporting transformational undergraduate- and graduate-level scholarship and teaching that explores how gender intersects with other social identities like race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and disability. Through engaging feminist coursework, research, and practicum opportunities, we examine systems of power, privilege, and inequality. Women's and Gender Studies fosters creative, collaborative, and sustaining social justice approaches and feminist scholarship that advance understanding, equity, and compassion. 


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WGS Associate Director Named!

Brandy Pina Watson

Dr. Brandy Piña-Watson is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2014 from Texas A&M University. Dr. Piña-Watson has been a Women & Gender Studies Faculty Affiliate since her arrival at Texas Tech University in 2014 whereby she has been active on several committees including a faculty search committee and the curriculum committee. She also previously served as the Diversity and Equity Strategist under the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Office and Provost. Dr. Piña-Watson's research focuses on identifying individual, familial, cultural, and societal factors that promote resilience against the negative impact of stress on Latinx adolescent and emerging adult depression, suicidal ideation and behaviors, well-being, and academic outcomes. Her work primarily focuses on the Mexican descent population living within the United States. Dr. Piña-Watson's research agenda takes a holistic and resilience approach that acknowledges the complexity and intersection of various identities and contexts as they pertain to Latinx well-being and mental health disparities.

WGS Celebrates 40 years at Texas Tech University


TechSan Texas Tech's Fall 2021 Alumni magazine[SE1] , Volume 74, Number 4, pages 25-27.

Women's and Gender Studies Faculty 

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Kristin Alder, PhD, is a WGS full-time lecturer, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Alder earned her PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas' Woman's University. She was appointed to United Nations Representative of the US Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms; womanist and indigenous epistemologies; science fiction and fantasy literature; and postcolonial literature. 

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Leslie Sotomayor, PhD, is a WGS Visiting Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Sotomayor earned a dual doctoral degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an artist, educator, and curator. Her work focuses on Latina experiences in the US, hybrid identities, psychological and emotional traveling, and post-immigration generations. 

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Dra. Sotomayor's latest book: Teaching In/Between: Curating Educational Spaces with Autohistoria-Teoría and Conocimiento (Vernon Press, 2022)

The link to the Amazon page is: https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Between-autohistoria-teor%C3%ADa-conocimiento-Interpreting/dp/1648891225/ 


WGS would also like to recognize Dr. Sotomayor for her recent publication of art (Gritos) and poetry (In the name of...) in this Open Access Visual Culture & Gender Journal: http://vcg.emitto.net/index.php/vcg



Sexism|Cinema is a feminist film series in Lubbock, Texas. Selected films feature female protagonists, and our in-person screenings are followed by a 30-minute discussion led by expert guest speakers or Texas Tech faculty typically at the Alamo Drafthouse. The fall 2022 schedule will be posted around mid-August. 

Appointment scheduler: https://guides.library.ttu.edu/prf.php?lmans@ttu.eduaccount_id=145970



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