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Sandra Sanchez-Lopez

Ph.D., Binghamton University (2014)

MA in History, 2006. The University of York, United Kingdom.
BA in Philosophy with a minor in History, 2001. Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Latin American History, Colombia
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Media and Culture

Current Position:

Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Columbia)


"Practicing Journalism, Contesting Marginalization: Gender, Class, and the Women's Press in Mid-Twentieth-Century Colombia.

Adviser: Nancy Appelbaum


My dissertation examines how professional women, while defining themselves and others as victims of a vicious system of discrimination, established power structures that further marginalized people in postwar Colombia. By focusing on female-authored newspapers and magazines, I argue that the women's press advocated class and gender emancipation while it simultaneously enabled women to perpetuate existing social and political hierarchies that prolonged the established order they sought to change in the first place. Ultimately, my research project contends that the coexistence of women's ambivalent aspirations to both power, on the one hand, and gender as well as social equality, on the other, delineated the character of a growing, yet ambiguous and multidimensional, Colombian middle class.

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

• Candidate for Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
• Foundation Travel Grant, 2012
• History Department Travel Grant, 2011
• Kramer Grant Award, 2011
• Dubofsky Grant Award, 2010
• Dissertation Semester Fellowship, 2010
• Doctoral Fellowship for Junior Scholars-Colombia, 2008


"The Promise of a Wealthy and Stratified Society: Women's Work in Women's
         Magazines, Colombia, 1943-1945," Women in Magazines Conference,    
         Kingston University, United Kingdom, June 22-23 2012.

"Well-behaved Women, Morality, and Religiosity in Female-authored Print Media
          Colombia, 1943-1965," Latin American Studies Association, LASA Annual      
          Conference, San Francisco, May 23-26 2012.

"Consumer Culture, Commodification, and the Female Self in Women's Print
           Media, Colombia, 1945-1965," American Historical Association, AHA 126th
           Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 5-82012.

"Women's Print Media and Modernization," Society for Latin American Studies,
          SLAS 46th Annual Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom, Abril 9-10 2010.

"The Female Body and Women's Print Media in Early 1960s Colombia," Teresa
          Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at  
          Austin, 30th Annual ILLASA Student Conference, Austin, TX, February 4-6

"Between God and the Devil: Slave Surreptitious Resistance and the Language
          of Religious Belligerence," Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American
          Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 26th Annual Conference, Austin,  
           TX, February 9-11, 2006.

Last Updated: 11/1/17