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Womens Studies Minor Directory



Right to Left: Dolores Huerta and Norma A. Valenzuela (MANA, Albuquerque, NM 2015)

Norma Valenzuela,
Co-Director of the NMHU Women’s Studies Program & Women’s Center
Spanish and cultural studies
Languages & Culture
Assistant Professor
Phone: 505-454-3114
Room: DH-237

Dr. Norma A. Valenzuela Pulido was born in Torreón, Coahuila, México, and arrived in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979. She earned an Associate’s in Business Technology and a B.U.S. with an emphasis in Spanish and Bilingual Education from the University of New Mexico. Her MA in Spanish Language and Culture and Ph.D. in Spanish Cultural Studies, with an emphasis in Chicano/Latino & Latin American Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. Her publications appear in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Chican@: Critical Perspectives and Praxis at the Turn of the 21st Century and a co-edited article in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice. Her book Lourdes Portillo: Luchas feministas barriales y transnacionales en Después del terremoto, Las Madres y Señorita extraviada is the first single authored text that positions Portillo as a Chicana transnational filmmaker. She is currently working on two chapters, one for the upcoming Querencia Anthology and one for the first MLA Options for Teaching Series, Teaching the Narrative of Mexicana and Chicana Writers. Dr. Valenzuela is the new Assistant Professor in Spanish at New Mexico Highlands University.

Research Interests: Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women Studies, Cultural Studies, Film/Documentary Studies, Literature and socio-linguistics. Primary focus is transnational Chicana, Latina and Mexican contexts.


portrait Erika Derkas

Erika Derkas,
Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies
Co-Director of the NMHU Women’s Studies Program & Women’s Center
Phone: 505-454-3432
Room: HH-205

Women’s Studies Faculty and Advisers


Lauren Fath, English
Assistant Professor
Phone: 505-454-3415
Room: DH-142

Lauren Fath received a PhD in English and an MA in Russian and Slavonic Studies from the University of Missouri, an MFA in creative nonfiction from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She is primarily a writer of creative nonfiction, but also researches and writes about handicraft and Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Post Road, poemmemoirstory, and Gertrude, among others, and she has received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on two books, one a memoir and the other a chapbook of lyric essays.

Portrait of Woodford-Gormley

Donna Woodford Gormley, 
English & Philosophy
Department Chair/Professor
Phone: 505-454-3253
Room: DH-144

Elizabeth Mohana,
ARMAS SIL coordinator, Women’s Studies Adviser
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
Phone: 505-426-2011
Room: ENGR-106C