Lena C Palacios

Lena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication 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."

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care (IRT-CAPC) Program, Division of General, Pediatrics & Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minnesota , 2016-2017.
  • Program Fellow: Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring (HELM), Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2015-2016.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher/Visiting Scholar: Public Science Project and Critical Social/Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, 2015.
  • Ph.D.: Educational Studies and Communication Studies with Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies, McGill University , Montreal, QC, 2014.
  • M.A.: Cultural Studies, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, 2002.
  • B.A.: American Studies and Community Development, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, 2000.

Specialties

  • Critical carceral studies and abolitionist feminisms
  • Transformative justice and community accountability
  • Racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence within carceral, settler states
  • Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms
  • Girls’ and girlhood studies
  • Research justice and critical participatory action research
  • Media justice and social movement media
  • Critical disability studies
  • Health justice and structural determinants of health
Courses Taught
  • GWSS 1913 - Ending Sexual Violence at the University of Minnesota (Freshman Seminar)
  • GWSS 3505 - Women and the Law (Topic: Feminist Legal Responses to Sexual and State Violence)
  • GWSS 8260 – Seminar: Race, Representation & Resistance (Topic: Prison Abolitionist Feminisms)
  • AFRO/GWSS 3402 - Pleasure, Intimacy, and Violence (Topic: Black Feminist Anti-violence Resistance)
  • GWSS 3505WV - Honors and Writing Intensive: Girls, Girlhoods, and Resistance
  • GWSS 1005 - Engaging Justice (Topic: Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People of Color Against Violence)
  • GWSS 5290 - Topics: Biology, Health, and Environmental Studies (Topic: Health Violence and the State)
  • BTHX 5000 - Topics in Bioethics (Topic: Health Violence and the State)
  • GWSS 4002 - Politics of Engagement and Social Justice
  • GWSS 8210 - Seminar: Feminist Theory and Praxis (Topic: Activist Scholarship and the Neoliberal University)
  • GWSS 3002V - Honors: Gender, Race and Class in the U.S. (Topic: Girls, Girlhoods, and Resistance)
  • GWSS 3002W - Writing Intensive: Gender, Race and Class in the U.S. (Topic: Girls, Girlhoods, and Resistance)
  • CHIC 5920 - Topics in Chicana/o Studies: Chicanas/os-Latinas/os, Police Violence & Mass Incarceration
  • CHIC 3900 - Topics in Chicana/o Studies: Chicanas/os-Latinas/os, Police Violence & Mass Incarceration
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Senator (Elected Position): Faculty Senate, University of Minnesota , 2018 - 2020
  • Chair, Girls and Girls’ Studies Caucus, National Women’s Studies Association: 2018 - present
  • Faculty Curator, The Gender Policy Report, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Policy Area: Criminal Justice , 2017 - present

Research

  • Criminal Justice Curator for the Gender Policy Report: Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota, 2017 - current
  • Health Justice Researcher: Health Justice Research Circle, Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality (RIGS) Initiative, 2016 - 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care Program, Division of General, Pediatrics & Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 2016 - 2017
  • Faculty Adviser: College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dean’s Freshman Research and Creative Awards Program, 2015 - current
  • Program Fellow: Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring (HELM), Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2015 - 2016
Publications
  • Media Necropower and Race-radical Feminist Activism in Carceral, Settler States. Palacios, Lena, Temple University Press (under advanced contract), Author, Forthcoming 2020. Link
  • Reimagining Girlhood in White Settler-Carceral States (Guest Editorial): Palacios, Lena, Sandrina de Finney and Patricia Kruger-Henney, Berghahn Books, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 12 , 2019. Link
  • Resurgent Interruptions: Girls in Settler and Carceral States (Special Issue). Palacios, Lena, Sandrina de Finney and Patricia Kruger-Henney, Berghahn Books, Co-Editor, 2019. Link
  • 'Take the Red Pill of Media Justice': Third World Majority and Media Justice Activism​: Palacios, Lena, Kara Keeling and Thenmozhi Soundararajan, The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (Scalar), From Third Cinema to Media Justice: Third World Majority and the Promise of Third Cinema, 2019. Link
  • Facilitating Participatory Processes that Amplify Youth Voice and Action in Clinical Care Delivery and Research: Palacios, Lena, Michele Allen, Springer , Promoting Health Equity Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Adolescents: A Practical Guide, 85-98, 2018. Link
  • Refusing Band-Aids: Unsettling ‘Care’ Under the Carceral Settler State: Palacios, Lena, Sandrina de Finney and Mandeep Kaur Mucina, E-journal of the International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net), Special Issue: Radical Youth Work 28-39, 2018. Link
  • The Underrepresentation Of Latinx Faculty And The Future Of Higher Education: Palacios, Lena, Louis Mendoza, Nancy Raquel Mirabal, William Yslas Vélez, and Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel , Latinx Talk, 2018. Link
  • Mandatory Reporting Policies Protect Universities, Not Survivors: Palacios, Lena, Rose Miron, The Gender Policy Report, Sexual Misconduct on Campus Series , 2018. Link
  • The Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Limits of Liberal Reform: Palacios, Lena, The Gender Policy Report, 2017. Link
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Challenging Convictions: Indigenous and Black Race-Radical Feminists Theorizing the Carceral State and Abolitionist Praxis in the United States and Canada." Meridians 15 (2016): 137-165.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Killing Abstractions: Indigenous Women and Black Trans Girls Challenging Media Necropower in White Settler States." Critical Ethnic Studies 2.2 (Fall 2016): 35-60.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "'Something Else to Be': A Chicana Survivor’s Journey from Vigilante Justice to Transformative Justice." philoSOPHIA A Journal of Continental Feminism 6.1 (2016): 93-108.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "‘Ain't no justice...It's just us’: Girls Organizing against Interpersonal and Institutional Violence." Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: Contemporary paradigms for research (2016): 279-295.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "“'With Immediate Cause': Intense Dreaming as World-making"." Journal of Abolition (2016): Link
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "Racialized and Gendered Necropower in Canadian News and Legal Discourse." Feminist Formations 26.1 (2014): 1-26.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla, Ilyan Ferrer, Rosalind Hampton, Elma Moses, and Edward Lee. "Learning in Social Action: Students of Color and the Québec Student Movement." Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 29.2 (2013): 6-25.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla, E.-J. Milne, Claudia Mitchell and Naydene De Lange. "(Re) framing the scholarship on participatory video : from celebration to critical engagement." Handbook of Participatory Video (2012): 49–64.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "From the Arab Spring to the Maple Spring: National Student Protests Graduate to Transnational Social Movements." TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 28 (2012): 268-275.
  • Palacios, Lena Carla. "'Smile Now, Cry Later': Chicana and Mexicana Homegirls Trespassing/ Reinforcing Linguistic, Gendered, and Political Borders." Girlhood Studies 3:2 (2010): 149-159.
Awards
  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, June 2018 - January 2019
  • Insitute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship (UMN, Twin Cities), August 2017 - January 2018
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid, 2016 - 2018
  • IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2017
  • Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Award, 2016 - 2017
  • Imagine Fund Special Event Award, 2016 - 2017
  • Barnard Center for Research on Women Library Research Award, 2016 - 2017