Affiliated Faculty

Sylvanna M. Falcón
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Director, Research Center for the Americas
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • Research Center for the Americas
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, Sociology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 110
    • Merrill Academic 110
    • Research Center for the Americas, Casa Latina
  • Office Hours Fall 2019: Tues afternoon. Check office hours link for times.
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street, Merrill College
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Human Rights, Activism, Border Studies, Community-based Research, Violence and Violence Prevention, Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sociology, International and Global Affairs
  • Courses LALS 240/FM ST 240: Culture and Politics of Human Rights, LALS 200: Bridging Latin American & Latino Studies, LALS 194Q: Globalization in the Americas, LALS 186 Field Research Methods, LALS 172: Visualizing Human Rights in the Americas, LALS 165: Contemporary Peru, LALS 150: Afro-Latinos/as, LALS 50: Transnational Feminist Organizing, LALS 5: Intro to Human Rights & Social Justice

Research Interests

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

Biography, Education and Training

I received my Ph.D. in 2006 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I joined the faculty of the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2010 after having completed a two year University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Women's Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to the postdoctoral position, I was an assistant professor of Sociology at Connecticut College and a lecturer for the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

My parents were born and raised in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States in the 1960s. I was born in upstate New York, and we moved to Camarillo, California when I was about three years old. I lived in Camarillo until I left for Santa Clara University. I moved to Santa Cruz from Los Angeles in 2010.

In January 2017, I launched a news and public affairs radio show called Voces Criticas/Critical Voices on KZSC, 88.1 FM.  This weekly radio program offers an informative discussion of the news (local, national, and international) and/or social issues facing and of interest to communities of color by engaging in conversation with public intellectuals, activists, artists, and other community members.  Please check the KZSC schedule for air time as it changes every quarter.

Honors, Awards and Grants

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

Selected Publications

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.