Karla M Padron
Dr. Padrón is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in American Studies, Critical Sexuality Studies, and Chicanx/Latinx Studies. Her work centers TransLatina Testimonio to examine how access and/or denial to life chances in the U.S. shape their social conditions as migrants and transwomen of color. In 2012, using community-based participatory research, she collaborated with the TransLatin@ Coalition to create the TransVisible Report. This report informs us of the challenges that TransLatinas have in accessing employment, healthcare, education, and basic respect from the larger U.S. society. Drawing from Women of Color Feminisms, Critical Transgender Studies, and Engaged Ethnography, Padrón’s work seeks to make visible the ways in which TransLatina embody, mitigate, contest, and resist transphobic and anti-immigrant policies and spaces. Dr. Padrón is currently working on a book manuscript that examines TransLatina Testimonio, Activism, and Resilience.