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Juanita Díaz-Cotto

Affiliated Faculty, Latin American and Caribbean Areas Studies Program; Professor, Sociology

Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program; Sociology


Diaz-Cotto is a professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and LACAS. Within Latin America and the Caribbean her special areas of interest have been: revolutionary movements, state formation, political economy, peasants, the military, feminist and lesbian-feminist movements and the African Diaspora. Additional specialties include: Latinas(os) and women of color in the U.S. and the impact of criminal justice system on women and men of color in the U.S. and Latin America. One of Diaz-Cotto's primary academic and scholarly objectives is to "help students bridge the gap between theory and practice inside and outside the classroom."


  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Puerto Rico

Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice/Penal Institutions
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Latinas and Other People of Color in the U.S.
  • Latin American and Caribbean History

More Info

SINISTER WISDOM 74: Latina Lesbians. Berkeley, CA: Sinister Wisdom Inc. Guest Edited under Juanita Ramos.

CHICANA LIVES AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Voices from El Barrio. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.

COMPANERAS: Latina Lesbians (An Anthology)/Lesbianas latinoamericanas (Expandido en Espanol). New York: Latina Lesbian History Project, Third Edition 2004. Edited under Juanita Ramos.

GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE STATE: Latina and Latino Prison Politics. NY: State University of New York, 1996.