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Gloria Negrete-Lopez

About Gloria Negrete-Lopez

Gloria Negrete-Lopez is a Doctoral Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies with a Minor in Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona. Her developing dissertation focuses on the role of abolitionist cultural work in disrupting narratives of (im)migrant criminality. Her research interests include: Chican@/Latin@ Studies, Cultural Studies, Migration Studies, Prison Abolition, and Digital Media. She earned an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU), has a B.A. in Gender Studies with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Fullerton College.

As a scholar, Negrete-Lopez has presented her work at conferences internationally which have included the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada as well as the inaugural International Conference of “Gloria Anzaldúa: Translating B/borders” in Paris, France. Additionally, she has presented her work at other conferences such as the American Studies Association (ASA), National Association of Chicana Chicano Studies (NACCS), Modern Languages Association (MLA), and Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua (El Mundo Zurdo). As a NACCS member, she is serving as the current Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Caucus. She has also been regularly invited to speak in classrooms throughout Southern California on Prison Abolition, gender, and race. She recently gave a guest lecture at Sonoma State University. Lastly, in Spring 2020 she organized and moderated a 2-day symposium called “#FreeThemAll: Abolition Beyond Detention Virtual Teach-In with #KeepAleFree Deportation Defense Campaign and #DefendTheCriminalize Collective.”

As an instructor of Gender and Women’s Studies courses over the past 8 years, she has mentored students beyond the scope of the classroom. Being open about her experiences as a first-generation, working-class, Queer, Chicana, and Prison Abolitionist has opened space for many non-traditional and under-represented students to seek advice around various issues affecting their lives. The conversations that she has had with her students both inside and outside the classroom have impacted the way she views her role within academia, where she hopes to serve as an advocate and mentor for LGBTQIA students and students of color and others from underrepresented backgrounds.


M.A. Women and Gender’s Studies, San Francisco State University, 2013, “A ti Querida Hija: Prisons, Deportation, and the Act of Letter Writing”

B.A. Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009, with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies

A.A. Liberal Arts Studies, Fullerton College, 2007

Research Interests

Critical Prison Studies, Migration Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Chicana Feminism, Cultural Studies, Digital Media, Aesthetics

Selected Publications

Negrete-Lopez, Gloria. “Ima Make it Look Fly!”: Abolitionist Feminist Aesthetic Coding in Fashion and Adornment” Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics, Under Review

Negrete-LopezGloria, Lisa Starlight-Palacios, and Alejandra I. Ramirez. Chapter: “Smile Now, Cry Later:  Navigating Structures of Inequality in Academia through Resistance, Resilience, and Humor in Our Women of Color Writing Group.” Amplified Voices, Intersecting Identities: First-Generation PhDs Navigating Institutional Power, edited by Jane Van Galen and Jaye Sablan, Koninklijke Brill NV, 2020

Courses Taught

GWS 150 B2: Sex, Health, and AIDS

GWS 240: Gender in a Transnational World

GWS 487/ ANTH 487/HPS 487/PHP 487/ SOC487: Feminist Interpretations of Health

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Contact Information

Gloria Negrete-Lopez
Ph.D Student