Karla M Padron

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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.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota, 2015.
  • M.A.: Mexican American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. , 2008.
  • B.A.: Sociology and Women's Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. , 2003.


  • Transnational & Transgender Feminisms
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Critical Transgender Studies
  • Migration and Labor Studies
  • TransLatina Resistance Practices
Courses Taught
  • CHIC 1102: Latinos in the U.S.: Culture and Citizenship
  • CHIC 3212/GWSS 3410 La Chicana in Contemporary Society
  • CHIC 3507/ENG3507W: Chicana/o Literature
  • CHIC 3752: Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society
  • CHIC 3852/POL3852: Chicana/o Politics
  • CHIC 4232/GLBT 4232 Chicana/o-Latina/o Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • GWS 1101: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • LAS/GWS 2035: TransLatina Politics of Migration and Labor
  • WOMN 203: Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S.
  • LBS 360: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society
  • LBS 390: Race, Class, and Gender in the Classroom
  • Padron, Karla Monica. ""The Making of a Removable Alien"" The Gender Policy Report. Link
  • TransVisible Report: Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society : Padron, Karla, Bamby Salcedo & TransLatin@ Coaltion , Author. LinkImage
  • Nominated for Best Dissertation Award in American Studies, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bowdoin College, 2015 - 2016
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF), College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, , 2013 - 2014
  • Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute Fellow, Center for German and European Studies, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • MacArthur Scholar Fellowship, MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability and Justice – U of M, 2011
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2008
  • California State University Special Honors Graduate Student Award, 2008
  • California State University Los Angeles Alumni Scholarship, 2008
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2007