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V. Gina Diaz

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V. Gina Díaz is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow who began UNM’s Ph.D. program in American Studies while working as the senior curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA and worked in museums in northern California before moving to Albuquerque. Gina completed her B.A. in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she had transferred from Sacramento City College. Her areas of research and teaching are women of color, indigenous, and transnational feminisms; queer of color critique; postcolonial studies; and cultural studies of the Americas including art, performance, critical museum studies, and cultural politics. At UNM Gina has taught Transnational Feminisms, Raza Genders and Sexualities, and Introduction to Popular Culture. She also developed other upper-division courses: Chican@ Cultural Studies, Chicana Feminisms, and Latino Museum Studies. Her service has included support to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Advisory Committee; co-chairing the American Studies Graduate Student Association; and working with Women of Color in Academia. Gina’s recent community work includes curating the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Women of Color Shorts Program and volunteering with Young Women United and Weaving Ourselves Whole, two Albuquerque-based feminist of color groups. You may follow Gina on Academia.edu or contact Gina by email: ginadiaz@unm.edu.