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C Elenes

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
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C. Alejandra Elenes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the ASU faculty in 1992 and has spent her academic career conducting research, teaching and volunteering her service on the university's West campus.

Dr. Elenes describes her research as centering on the application of borderland theories to study the relationship between Chicana cultural productions and knowledge as they relate to pedagogy and epistemology. The focus on borderland theories allows her to develop multilayered methodologies that examine and provide understanding to the complex interrelationship between Chicanas' everyday cultural practices and how these can be interpreted as transformative feminist pedagogies and epistemologies. In this vein she studies the pedagogies and epistemologies represented in feminist interpretations of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Malinche/Malintzin, and La Llorona.

Additionally, Dr. Elenes is interested in examining the experiences of Chicanas in women's studies as well as the contributions of Chicana feminist thought to the development of intersectionality models and transnational feminism in women's studies.

Her book Transforming Borders: Chicana/o Popular Culture and Pedagogy was published by Lexington Books (2011).

She is co-editor of "Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology," published by SUNY Press and winner of the 2006 American Educational Studies Association book critics' award. She has completed a book manuscript, "Transforming Borders: Chicana/o Popular Culture and Pedagogy."

Other recent publications include the chapter "Continuity and Change in Women's Studies Programs: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward" in "The Evolution of American Women's Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies, and Change," along with the co-authored "Latina/o Education and the Reciprocal Relationship between Theory and Practice: Four Theories Informed by the Experiential Knowledge of Marginalized Communities" in the "Handbook of Latinos and Education."

Dr. Elenes teaches courses including "Race, Class, and Gender," "Latina/Chicana Representation," "Pro-Seminar Theory and Methods in Women's Studies," as well as courses in New College's Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program.

 

Publications
  • Cuadraz, Gloria H. and C. Alejandra Elenes. Editor's Commentary. Thriving en el Desierto de Arizona: Embracing Activism in the Pursuit of Justice. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Spiritual Roots of Chicana Feminist Borderland Pedagogies: A Spiritual Journey with Tontantzin/Guadalupe. Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives (2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transformando Fronteras: Chicana feminist transformative pedagogies. Education Feminism: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. The Heart of SB 1070: Racial Profiling. The Feminist Wire (2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transforming Borders: Chicana Popular Culture and Pedagogy. (2011).
  • . . Review of: Spritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (2011).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Transformando Fronteras: Chicana Feminist Transformative Pedagogies. Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education (2011).
  • Delgado Bernal, Dolores and Elenes, C. Alejandra. Chicana Feminist Theorizing: Methodologies, Pedagogies, and Practices. Chicano School Failure and Success: Past, Present, and Future (2010).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra & Dolores Delgado Bernal. Latina/o Education and the Reciprocal Relationship between Theory and Practice: Four Theories Informed by the Experiental Knowledge of Marginalized Communities. Handbook of Latinos and Eduction: Theory, Research, and Practice (2010).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. "Continuity and Change in Women's Studies Programs: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards". The Evolution of American Women's Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies, and Change (2008).
  • Elenes, C Alejandra (Author) . Transformando Fronteras: Chicana Feminist Transformative Pedagogies. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006).
  • Villenas, Sofia (Author) ,Godinez, Francisca E (Author) ,Bernal, Delgado (Author) ,Dolores, Elenes (Author) ,Elenes, C Alejandra (Author) . Chicana/Latinas Building Bridges: An introduction. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
JUS 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
MAS 592Research
JHR 592Research
JUS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
WST 430Gender on the Borderlands
JHR 590Reading and Conference
MAS 592Research
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 430Gender on the Borderlands
HRC 480Capstone: Practices/Approaches
WST 493Honors Thesis
MAS 592Research
JHR 592Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
WST 493Honors Thesis
MAS 590Reading and Conference
JHR 592Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
JHR 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 473Indigenous&Latina/Chicana Rep
HRC 480Capstone: Practices/Approaches
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
MAS 598Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
JHR 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 310Social & Cultural Stds/Theory
HRC 499Individualized Instruction
JHR 590Reading and Conference
JHR 592Research
JHR 595Continuing Registration
JHR 599Thesis
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 473Indigenous&Latina/Chicana Rep
HRC 480Capstone: Practices/Approaches
JHR 584Internship
JHR 590Reading and Conference
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
JHR 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 390Women and Religion
WST 390Women and Religions
JHR 501PS Social Justice&Human Rights
JHR 584Internship
JHR 590Reading and Conference
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
JHR 599Thesis
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 584Internship
JHR 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 498Pro-Seminar
JHR 584Internship
JHR 590Reading and Conference
JHR 592Research
JHR 593Applied Project
Presentations
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Nepantla, Spiritual Activism, New Tribalism: Chicana Feminist Transformative Pedagogies and Social Justice Education. Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute (Aug 2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Spiritual Roots of Chicana Feminist Borderland Pedagogies: A Spiritual Journey with Tonantzin/Guadalupe. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (Apr 2014).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra & Cuadraz, Gloria. Achieving Tenure: Practical Strategies to Build your File. Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio social Summer Institute (Jul 2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Chicanas and Women's Studies: Transforming the Academy. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (Mar 2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Women's Studies, Social Justice, and Human Rights. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (Mar 2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Border Life in Theory and Practice. Transition to Teach Program (Feb 2013).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Healing Borders Crossers(ings): Nurturing Xicana Sacred Spaces as Decolonizing Practice. 111th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Decolonizing the Spiritualities of Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women. National Women's Studies Association (Nov 2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Nepantla, Spiritual Activism, New Tribalism: Social Justice Pedagogy. El Mundo Zurdo: The International Conference on the Life and Work on Gloria E. Anzaldua (May 2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Decolonizing and Transformative Knowledge: Toward a Social Justice Agenda. National Association for Chicana and Chicano tudies (Mar 2012).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Interrogating the Politics of Knowledge: Implications of HB 2281. Arizona MALCS Institute 2010 (Jul 2010).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Reflecting on Triumphs, Controversies and Change in Women's Studies Over the Last 40 Years." Title of Presentation: Continuity and Change in Women's Studies: On the Borderlands between Intersectionality, Transnationalism, and Reorganization. National Association for Women's Studies (Nov 2009).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Chicanas, Mentoring and Higher Education: Narratives of Survival and "Mothering.". Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute (Jul 2009).
  • Elenes, C. Alejandra. Constructing Borderland Subjectivities in Chicana Feminist Pedagogy. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference (Apr 2009).
  • Elenes, C. Chicana feminist border/transformative pedagogies: education and popular culture. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (Apr 2007).
  • Elenes, C. La Virgen de Guadalupe and Transnational Comodification. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies XXXIII Conference (Jun 2006).
  • Elenes, C. Cultural practices and commodification: The transnationalist pedagogies of the Virgin of Guadalupe. American Educational Research Association annual conference (Apr 2006).
Service
  • Facultuy Lead, American Studies, Ethnicity Race & First Nation Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, Faculty Lead (2014 - Present)
  • New College, MASJHR, Director (2011 - Present)
  • New College, MASJHR, Director (2011 - Present)
  • Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies, Member of the Executive Committee and member of the admissions committee (2007 - Present)
  • Masters in Human Rights and Social Justice, Member of graduate group. (2007 - Present)
  • Arizona Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, Member of the Board (2004 - Present)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Co-Lead Editor (2014 - 2017)
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2014)
  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, blind peer reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2013)
  • General Studies Council, Member of GSC, and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee (2011 - 2013)
  • Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Member of the National Advisory Board (2009 - 2011)
  • General Studies Council, Member Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee (2008 - 2011)
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Peer Reviewer proposal for Annual Conference (2010 - 2010)
  • MA in Women's Stuides Working Group, Organizer "chair" or working group developing the plan for the MA in Women's Studies (2008 - 2010)
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social ASU Site Committee, Co-Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Bilingual Research Journal, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Equity & Excellence in Education, Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • NCIAS Curriculum Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Faculty Women's Association, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Border Justice Organizing Committee, April 2008 event, Member of the organizing committee (2007 - 2008)
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Referee/Reviewer of paper/panel proposals for annual conference (2006 - 2006)
  • Women and Gender Studies, Tempe Campus, conference proposal reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Arizona Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, Board Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Women's Studies Program, Member Health Search Committee (2005 - 2006)