The search for and celebration of female role models within the Latino community is a habit that we must constantly undertake from every possible perspective.
These intelligent and empowered women inspire us to broaden our perspectives, embark on new paths, and be proud of those who break down barriers of all kinds.
Here is a selection of five Latina scholars you can find on Twitter who share unique and interesting perspectives on issues such as race, gender equality, and climate change.
Professor Danielle Clealand
Professor Danielle Clealand specializes in Black politics in the Americas. This Puerto Rican is an associate professor at the University of Texas in the departments of Mexican and Latino Studies and African Diaspora Studies. Her work highlights solidarity, struggle, and the Black voice, explored through interdisciplinary lenses.
Her most recent book is The Power of Race in Cuba: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness During the Revolution. Published by Oxford University Press, Professor Danielle Clealand analyzes in her book how the denial of the existence of racism in Cuba had an impact on Fidel Castro’s regime.
On her Twitter account, you’ll find a mix of sharp reflections on race and feminism, as well as tips and messages of support for others making their way in academia.
“As the children and grandchildren of recent immigrants from Asia and Latin America start families of their own, racial categories in America have again become fluid.” Is that right? Not only are they not fluid, but AGAIN? https://t.co/YAbrkerQjh
— Danielle Clealand (@ProfClealand) August 15, 2021
Professor G. Cristina Mora
Cristina Mora is an associate professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies and co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. In her work, this Latina scholar analyzes census racial classification, immigration, and racial politics in the United States and Europe. Her work starts from not-so-simple questions such as “When did we Latinos become Latinos?”, “When, why, and how were we given that label?”, “Who chose it?”
In search of those answers, Professor G. Cristina Mora wrote Making Hispanics, a book published by the University of Chicago Press.
As the first in her family to graduate from college, Professor Mora also devotes much of her time and effort to supporting First Generation programs.
On her Twitter account, you will find a mix of reflections on race, as well as information about opportunities in academia, always accompanied by her good humor.
All this happened today. We talked about everything from the future of Latino Studies, how to raise your salary as a professor, when/whether to apply for jobs while on TT, how to figure out who would be a good tenure letter writer. It was amazing. Thanks @Cati_Fu @perezberns https://t.co/iISN9WGgTj
— G. Cristina Mora (@GCristinaMora) June 4, 2021
Cynthia Diana Villarreal, Ph.D.
Cynthia Villarreal is a Chicana feminist, born in El Paso, who holds a Ph.D. in Urban Educational Policy from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Her identity and work integrate the border as a symbol, a characteristic evident in her fluency in navigating English and Spanish in her publications.
Villarreal studies the borderlands of higher education and how power, liminal culture, and race interact with Hispanic-serving institutions, organizational culture, and equity in decision-making.
This Latina scholar consistently shares useful content for the Latino community, from menstrual product collection activities for formerly incarcerated students to initiatives supporting communities of scholars such as MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambios Sociales). Her Twitter feed is full of reflections on race and power, as well as her occasional jokes.
This is a reality for many Latinas faced with the pressure of having to achieve and succeed to take our families out of poverty. Constant pressure= trauma= anxiety, hyper productivity & people pleasing https://t.co/SAZeXrRmef
— Cynthia Diana Villarreal, Ph.D. (@CynDVillarreal) July 13, 2021
Professor Martha Muñoz
Professor Martha Muñoz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. She also serves as Adjunct Curator of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Professor Muñoz studies the processes that drive the evolution and diversity of reptiles and amphibians in her laboratory, focusing primarily on morphology, biomechanics, ecology, and physiology.
In addition to contributing to wildlife preservation, this Latina scholar’s lab is also deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), fields that have always been preponderantly male.
On Professor Muñoz’s Twitter account, you will find scientific reflections and findings, opportunities in academia, and very good scientific humor.
— Martha Muñoz (@marmmunoz) July 19, 2021
Ana María Porras Corredor Ph.D.
Ana María Porras Corredor is a Colombian biomedical engineer who recreates in vitro disease models to study host-microbe interactions. In other words, Dr. Porras Corredor recreates in her laboratory how microbes interact with our insides to understand their impact on our health. She currently works as an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.
In addition to her work in Biomedical Engineering, this Latina scholar has a strong focus on inclusive pedagogy and advocates for women’s opportunities in STEM.
On her Twitter account, you will find reflections on science, race, and culture, as well as information on upcoming academic events and crochet microbes.
Y'all… I'm reviewing proposals for our upcoming @InclusiveSci Symposium and WOW! We are going to have a great conference ahead of us. These proposals are returning some of the faith in humanity I had lost this week #SciComm
— Dra. Ana Maria Porras Corredor (@AnaMaPorras) August 14, 2021