Michelle Gomez Parra
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Phone
    (831) 459-3518
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 124
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College

Summary of Expertise

I am a feminist, qualitative researcher. My dissertation project is a multsire ethnographiy that researchers how mobility, through higher education and migration, shapes the gender, sexual, and feminist identities of Latinas in the United States. 

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual, and family formations.

Honors, Awards and Grants

 

2018-2019

Women’s, Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) Student Ambassador

The University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Spring 2018

Lionel Cantú Memorial Award, UCSC

 

2017-2018

Regent’s Fellowship

The University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Spring 2017

University’s Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement

San Francisco State University

 

Spring 2017

Jim Brogan Teaching Scholarship

San Francisco State University

 

Academic School Year 2016-2017

CSU Sally Casanova Predoctoral Scholar

 

Summer 2016

Chicana Latina Foundation

 

Academic School Year 2015- 2016

Deborah H. Tolman Fellowship

Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University

 

Spring 2015, Winter 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2012.

Dean’s Honors

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Summer 2013- Spring 2015

McNair Scholars Program

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Honors Thesis, Department of Feminist Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Spring 2015  

Dr. Clyde Woods Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Collegiality

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Summer 2014

Sigma Omega Nu National Board Scholarship Award

 

Selected Presentations

 

August 2018

“I Don’t Want a Life Like That: Upwardly Mobile Latinas’ Gender and Sexual Identities.” American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

 

April 2018

“I Don’t Want a Life Like That: The Implications of a College Education for Upwardly Mobile Latinas.” Borderlands Conference UC Santa Barbara.

 

March 2018  

“I Don’t Want a Life Like That: Working-Class Latina Women Navigate the Benefits and Harms of a College Education.” Pacific Sociological Association, Long Beach, California.

 

March 2018 

“When I Left, I Felt Like I Betrayed Them: How College Education Impacts the Well-Being of Working-Class Latinas.” Thinking Gender, The University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA.

 

May 2015

“UCSB Hookup Culture and Latina College Women’s Sexual Subjectivities.” Feminist Studies Honors Symposium, Santa Barbara, California.

 

April 2015     

"Hookup Culture: How Young Latina College Women Negotiate their Sexual Identities,” National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Francisco, California.

 

July 2014

“Hookup Culture: How Young Latina College Women Negotiate their Sexual Identities,” SROP Research Symposium, Chicago, Illinois.

 

July 2014

“Hookup Culture: How Young Latina College Women Negotiate their Sexual Identities,” Illinois Summer Research Symposium, Urbana Champaign, Illinois.

 

May 2014      

“UCSB Hookup Culture: How Sexism, Heteronormativity, and Racism are Reproduced and/or Challenged,” URCA, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

April 2014     

“UCSB Hookup Culture: How Sexism and Racism are Reproduced and/or Challenged.” National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

August 2013 

“UCSB Hookup Culture: How Sexism, Heteronormativity, and Racism are Reproduced and/or Challenged,” University of California, Santa Barbara McNair Scholars Summer Research Symposium, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Teaching Interests

Gender and sexuality; Latina identity; women of color feminisms; qualitative and feminist methods.