Matriculated PhDs

Serving as Chair


Martha Gonzalez. Assistant Professor,  Chican@ Studies, Scripps College.

Martha Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles and is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist), musician, feminist music theorist and academic. An assistant professor in  Intercollegiate Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Scripps College, Gonzalez earned a PhD from the Gender Women Sexuality Studies (GWSS) department at the University of Washington Seattle.

Gonzalez was awarded the University of Washington Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal for her dissertation, “Chican@ Artivistas: East Los Angeles Trenches Transborder Tactics.” She was granted a Fulbright Garcia-Robles fellowship (2007-2008) for her research on transnational musical social movements across the Americas and Europe, with a specific focus on innovations of women in the music and dance of the son Jarocho. She is a Ford Dissertation Fellow for the 2012-2013 scholastic year, as well as a recipient of the Doman Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Her academic interest in music has been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer and percussionist for East L.A’s Quetzal for the last 17 years.

Serving as Committee Member


Manucheka Celeste. Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Manoucheka earned her PhD in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies. Currently an Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at University of South Florida as part of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Global Change in a Dynamic World. Her research examines transnational media representations of race, class, gender, and citizenship with special focus on the Caribbean including Haiti, Latin America and the U.S. with a particular focus on the gendered representation of Beyonce and Wyclef Jean. She is co-founder of the Women of Color Collective at UW.

Sara Diaz. Assistant Professor, Gender & Women Studies.  Gonzaga University.

Dr. Sara P. Díaz is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  She holds a B.A in chemistry and Spanish language and literature from Whitman College. Dr. Díaz worked for six years in the biotechnology industry as an engineer before pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Washington. In 2007, she earned her M.A. in the history of science and twentieth-century U.S. history. Dr. Díaz completed her doctorate in Feminist Studies in 2012.  Her dissertation, Gender, Race, and Science: A Feminista Analysis of Women of Color in Science, uses U.S. third world feminist theories to elucidate the strategic use of fragmentation and multiplicity by women of color scientists as a method of intellectual survival in a scientific culture which associated their bodies with wild, primitive nature. Her other scholarly interests include twentieth-century U.S. history, feminist research ethics and epistemology, and the social studies of science with respect to race, gender, and sexuality.  Dr. Díaz was an organizing member of the Women of Color Collective at UW. She was also a member of the Sloan Social Science Research Group and the Feminist Research Ethics Colloquium at UW.



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