Andrea L. Mays, M.A. CL/CS

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Andrea L. Mays is completing her dissertation on early twentieth century representations of domesticity and normativity by African Americans. Her areas of focus include, African American Studies, Visual Culture and Gender Studies. She has a M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from UNM and a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University. Andrea has taught courses on race, class, gender & sexuality, U.S. labor history, and literature in the American Studies and Women's Studies Departments at UNM. She has won several teaching awards including the Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award and The Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence. She received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in 2010-2011, and a Santa Fe Chapter AAUW Scholarship in 2009-2010. In 2009 she won the Best Teaching Assistant Award at the UNM Faculty of Color Awards. Andrea's work has been presented at several regional and national conferences including the Regional Popular Culture Conference (2003), National Women Studies Association Annual Conference (2003 & 2006), The Rocky Mountain American Studies Association Conference (2006), The Annual American Studies Association Conference (2006), and the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) in 2007. Andrea is an alumnus of The Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Racial Equity.

Andrea is also a creative writer and has performed original spoken-word pieces in performances spaces in Washington DC, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. Her essays and articles have been published in USA Today, The Burning Bush Feminist Collective, The Women's Resource Center Newsletter and The Guest Columnist Space for UNM's The Daily Lobo. Most recently, Andrea performed her original work in the film Letters to our Daughters directed by native New Mexican filmmaker Christopher Roybal and narrated by Dolores Huerta, the co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO.

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