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  Sylvanna M. Falcón

Sylvanna M. Falcón

Associate Professor



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Social Sciences Division

Latin American & Latino Studies

Associate Professor


Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
Sociology Department
Institute for Social Transformation

Regular Faculty

Human Rights
Border Studies
Community-based Research
Violence and Violence Prevention
Women's Studies
Feminist Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
International and Global Affairs

Merrill College Faculty Common
Merrill College

On sabbatical - reach out in Fall 2024

Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

I am the 2024 president-elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).

I an on the faculty of the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at UC Santa Cruz. I am also the founder and director of UC Santa Cruz's Human Rights Investigations Lab for the Americas.

Human rights, racism/antiracism, globalization, gender, transnational feminism, Latin America (Peru), United States

2016 Gloria Anzaldúa Book Award, National Women’s Studies Association

Woodrow Wilson National Foundation's Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Humanities Research Institute Grant
UC Center for New Racial Studies Grant

Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016).

WINNER of the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Award

Co-editor, New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, Routledge, 2011.  Paperback version released in 2015.

Select Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles [since 2015]

“The Particularism of Human Rights for Latin American Women of African Descent,” Feminist Formations 28, No. 1: 190-204, 2016.

“Transnational Feminism as a Paradigm for Decolonizing the Practice of Research: Identifying Feminist Principles and Methodology Criteria for U.S.-based Scholars,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 37, No. 1: 174-194, 2016.

“The Globalization of Ferguson: Pedagogical Matters about Racial Violence,” Feminist Studies 41, No. 1: 218-221, 2015.

“Shifting analytics and linking theories: A conversation about the ‘meaning-making’ of intersectionality and transnational feminism” (co-authored with Jennifer C. Nash), Women’s Studies International Forum 50: 1-10, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.02.010

“Constellations of Human Rights,” Critical Sociology: 1-12, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/0896920514565484.

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