Lorna Rivera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Women’s/Gender Studies and Latino Studies and Director

Associate Professor of Women’s/Gender Studies and Latino Studies and Director
University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone (617) 287-5790
Email Lorna.Rivera@umb.edu

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Areas of Expertise:

  • African diaspora
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Caribbean History
  • Chicana/Latina Feminist & Queer literary
  • Chicano Studies
  • children and families
  • Children and Youth
  • Cinema
  • Civil Rights
  • Colonial Exploitation of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Criminal justice
  • Cuba
  • Cuban Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dominican Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Politics
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • Family
  • Feminist/critical pedagogies
  • human rights
  • Identity
  • Immigration
  • Immigration Policy
  • Immigration policy and practice
  • Labor
  • Latino Politics
  • Literature
  • Migration
  • Museums & Culture
  • Nationalism/Transnationalism in the Americas
  • Neoliberalism
  • performance arts; US women of color thought; decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities
  • poetry
  • Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • Popular Culture
  • Poverty
  • Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Race/Ethnic/Gender Health Disparities
  • Settment
  • Social Welfare Reform
  • The Caribbean
  • U.S. and transnational social and political movements
  • U.S. Latinx History
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Dynamics
  • Urban politics
  • visual
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Culture
  • Voting Rights Policy
  • Women's literacy
  • Youth
  • youth and protective services
  • Youth in the Americas

Lorna Rivera is a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools and is an alumnus of the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program (class of 1991, Midwest Region). She holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education from DePaul University and a PhD in sociology from Northeastern University. Rivera’s publications and research focus on Latino/a communities, women’s health disparities, and educational inequalities. She has received research grants from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the National Academy of Education’s Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, the National Center for Family Literacy, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.