Dr Lena C Palacios
Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
224 Church St SE
Rm 425 Ford Hall
Lena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on critical prison studies and prison abolitionism, Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms, girls’ and girlhood studies, transformative justice and community accountability, media activism and media justice, health justice and social determinants of health, as well as research justice (i.e. participatory action research). Lena is currently writing a book that puts Indigenous, Black, Trans and Two-Spirit peoples, their ideas and lives into conversation, as well as adds to the raging debates about the nature of the settler colonial and carceral state projects in both the United States and Canada. "Media Necropwer: Indigenous and Black Women’s Media Justice Activism in Settler States" examines how North American Indigenous and race-radical feminist activists deploy particular strategies, tactics, pedagogies, and solidarities to counter media necropower. It is under contract with Temple University Press’s newest series "Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality."