C Elenes

Associate Professor
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Biography

C. Alejandra Elenes' interdisciplinary scholarship bridges the humanities and social sciences. Her scholarship centers on the application of Anzalduan philosophy, Chicana feminist transformative pedagogies, epistemologies, methodologies, spirituality, and social justice to examine Chicana education in formal and informal settings. Her current research project studies the experiences of Chicanas in women, gender and sexuality studies and the formation of Chicana intellectual thought. In this research project she is conducting genealogical, archival and ethnographic research.

She is the author of "Transforming Borders: Chicana/o Popular Culture and Pedagogy" (Lexington Books 2011) and co-editor of "Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology" (SUNY Press) and winner of the 2006 American Educational Studies Association book critics' award.

Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals such as Educational Theory, Frontiers, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies. She has published chapters in anthologies on the history of women's studies, education, Chicana/o studies, and Latin American studies. From 2014-2017, she served as co-lead editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Publications

  • Cuadraz, Gloria H. and C. Alejandra Elenes. Editor's Commentary. Thriving en el Desierto de Arizona: Embracing Activism in the Pursuit of Justice. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Spiritual Roots of Chicana Feminist Borderland Pedagogies: A Spiritual Journey with Tontantzin/Guadalupe. Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives (2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transformando Fronteras: Chicana feminist transformative pedagogies. Education Feminism: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. The Heart of SB 1070: Racial Profiling. The Feminist Wire (2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transforming Borders: Chicana Popular Culture and Pedagogy. (2011).
  • . . Review of: Spritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (2011).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transformando Fronteras: Chicana Feminist Transformative Pedagogies. Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education (2011).
  • Delgado Bernal, Dolores and Elenes, C. Alejandra. Chicana Feminist Theorizing: Methodologies, Pedagogies, and Practices. Chicano School Failure and Success: Past, Present, and Future (2010).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra & Dolores Delgado Bernal. Latina/o Education and the Reciprocal Relationship between Theory and Practice: Four Theories Informed by the Experiental Knowledge of Marginalized Communities. Handbook of Latinos and Eduction: Theory, Research, and Practice (2010).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. "Continuity and Change in Women's Studies Programs: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards". The Evolution of American Women's Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies, and Change (2008).
  • Elenes, C Alejandra (Author) . Transformando Fronteras: Chicana Feminist Transformative Pedagogies. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006).
  • Villenas, Sofia (Author) ,Godinez, Francisca E (Author) ,Bernal, Delgado (Author) ,Dolores, Elenes (Author) ,Elenes, C Alejandra (Author) . Chicana/Latinas Building Bridges: An introduction. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006).

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
LAS 430 Gender on the Borderlands
ETH 430 Gender on the Borderlands
WST 430 Gender on the Borderlands
JHR 598 Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
WST 100 Women, Gender, and Society
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
JUS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
JUS 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
WST 457 Women, Cultures, and Societies
HRC 480 Capstone: Practices/Approaches
MAS 585 Capstone Course
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
ENG 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JUS 792 Research
JUS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
WST 100 Women, Gender, and Society
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
MAS 585 Capstone Course
MAS 590 Reading and Conference
JUS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
JUS 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
LAS 430 Gender on the Borderlands
ETH 430 Gender on the Borderlands
WST 430 Gender on the Borderlands
HRC 480 Capstone: Practices/Approaches
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 598 Special Topics
JUS 792 Research
JUS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
WST 100 Women, Gender, and Society
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JUS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
JUS 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
MAS 592 Research
JHR 592 Research
JUS 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
WST 430 Gender on the Borderlands
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
MAS 592 Research
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
WST 430 Gender on the Borderlands
HRC 480 Capstone: Practices/Approaches
WST 493 Honors Thesis
MAS 592 Research
JHR 592 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
HRC 200 Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
WST 493 Honors Thesis
MAS 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research

Service

  • Facultuy Lead, American Studies, Ethnicity Race & First Nation Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, Faculty Lead (2014 - Present)
  • New College, MASJHR, Director (2011 - Present)
  • New College, MASJHR, Director (2011 - Present)
  • Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies, Member of the Executive Committee and member of the admissions committee (2007 - Present)
  • Masters in Human Rights and Social Justice, Member of graduate group. (2007 - Present)
  • Arizona Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, Member of the Board (2004 - Present)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Co-Lead Editor (2014 - 2017)
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2014)
  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, blind peer reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2013)
  • General Studies Council, Member of GSC, and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee (2011 - 2013)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2011)
  • General Studies Council, Member Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee (2008 - 2011)
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Peer Reviewer proposal for Annual Conference (2010 - 2010)
  • MA in Women's Stuides Working Group, Organizer "chair" or working group developing the plan for the MA in Women's Studies (2008 - 2010)
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social ASU Site Committee, Co-Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Bilingual Research Journal, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Equity & Excellence in Education, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • NCIAS Curriculum Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Faculty Women's Association, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Border Justice Organizing Committee, April 2008 event, Member of the organizing committee (2007 - 2008)
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Referee/Reviewer of paper/panel proposals for annual conference (2006 - 2006)
  • Women and Gender Studies, Tempe Campus, conference proposal reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Arizona Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, Board Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Women's Studies Program, Member Health Search Committee (2005 - 2006)