Assistant Teaching Professor
Women's and Gender Studies
Office: DM 216B
Dr. Ramirez is Assistant Teaching Professor in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies as of Fall 2022. Her areas of expertise are Latina/o/x/e feminisms, Chicana Feminist Theory, Latina Feminist Theory, and Mujerismo. As a scholar practitioner working from a Latina feminist standpoint—she centers students' and peoples' lived experiences, ways of knowing, intersecting identities, and cultural intuition in her teaching, practice, and research. Her teaching and practice are grounded in Mujerista ways of knowing, being, and mentoring. Dr. Ramirez enjoys working with students in introductory level courses and with those in upper-level courses who are almost at the end of their college journeys. Her purpose in the classroom is to help students find a bodymindspirit connection with feminist theories and perspectives so they can find a feminist theory or combination of theories that resonated with their complex identities, thereby feeling more empowered in their evolving identities and how they approach the world.
Dr. Ramirez is currently working on a grant-funded research project that investigates the factors that influence adult learners in a workforce development program to enroll in postsecondary education. Importantly, most participants in this project are Women of Color and first-generation immigrants. Collecting and analyzing data from Mujerista and intersectional perspectives, study findings may inform how workforce development programs can create access for adult learners into higher education, leading to greater access to resource and socioeconomic mobility. Dr. Ramirez holds a PhD from University of Pittsburgh in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education with foci in higher education and gender, sexuality, and women's studies. Beyond her academic responsibilities, Dr. Ramirez is a wife and mother to two little boys who teach her core life lessons and for whom she's infinitely grateful. She also has the pleasure of sharing her home with two handsome dachshunds, Ace (14) and Frankie (7).