Américas RIG


Filmmaker Gabriela Martínez with Juana Vásquez Vásquez


The purpose of The Américas RIG is to strengthen the work of, and foster contact among, scholars interested in women in the Americas (that is, women in Latin America and Latinas in the United States and Canada) on issues of gender, sexuality, and feminism. Our mission is to explore those topics from an interdisciplinary perspective and look at how they intersect with key political processes, power structures, and cultural narratives. We are interested in diverse women's lives as shaped by the influence of gender, class, race, ethnicity, culture, nationhood projects, State policies, colonialism, and globalization. We hope to promote collaborative work and a stronger awareness and understanding of these themes within the university community.

RIG activities include the following:

  • sharing members' writing and work-in progress
  • reading selected authors' work
  • watching and analyzing relevant films
  • sponsoring brown bags
  • inviting speakers or performers to campus
  • developing one or more research centers abroad.
RIG Coordinators, for more information:


Erin Beck, Political Science, beck(at), (541) 346-4483 Lynn Stephen,

See video: Women, Media, and Rebellion in Oaxaca by Gabriela Martinez See 2012 CSWS Annual Review article: “We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements,” by Lynn Stephen — CSWS-Funded Research Culminates in Innovative Book

See blog entries from the April 2009 research trip to Oaxaca by Stephanie Wood.