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V. Gina Diaz

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V. Gina Díaz, a PhD candidate, is a UNM-Mellon Dissertation Fellow. Formerly a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, she began UNM’s PhD program in American Studies while working as the senior curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. She earned her MA in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA which enabled her to work in museums in northern California before moving to Albuquerque. Two projects she worked on there were the California Indian Heritage Center (Cultural Division, CA State Parks & Recreation) and developing exhibitions and programs about and for minoritized populations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Hayward Area Historical Society). It was Chicana feminist and queer art, however, that initially inspired Gina's intellectual inquiries; concerns about visibility and circulation compelled her to later go into museum work. As an undergraduate at UC, Santa Cruz where she earned a BA in American Studies, Gina was fortunate to connect with mentors in the Research Cluster for the Study of Women of Color in Conflict and Collaboration, take courses they developed, and help with their Film and Video Festival. 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, Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies, and Introduction to Popular Culture. At UC Davis near her current home, she taught Latinx Feminist Hxstory and Issues in the Chicanx Art Movement. Her service at UNM has included support to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Advisory Committee; co-chairing the American Studies Graduate Student Association; and working with the graduate student group Women of Color in Academia. Gina’s community work includes exhibition development as a member of the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Board of Trustees, 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 or contact Gina by email: