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Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz

Associate Professor



Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz (Sociology) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program. She has a PhD in U.S. Women’s History from Binghamton University, 1994. She was a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in History at Williams College,1992-93; a Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1998-99 and President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, 2009-10. Her research and scholarly interests include: U. S. Women's History; Latinas/os in the U.S.; Puerto Rican Women’s History; Feminist theories; Cultural studies and a critique of Coloniality. She has published numerous articles on race and representation among Latinas; Puerto Rican women’s history; Puerto Rican Popular culture and Nuyorican artistic production. She is currently working on two manuscripts: “A Storm Dressed in Skirts”: Race and Women’s Suffrage in Puerto Rico, 1898-1929 and Womanhood, Race, and the National Question in Interwar Puerto Rico. Before Professor Jiménez came to academia she was a public school teacher in Puerto Rico working in schools located in some of the most socially-economically depressed areas in San Juan. She was also a union organizer and a founding member of “Encuentro de Mujeres,” a feminist activist group that organized workshops on popular education, anti-sexist, anti-homophobia and trans-gender issues in poor communities in San Juan during the 1980s.


  • PhD, MA, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • U.S. Women’s History
  • Latinas/os in the U.S.
  • Puerto Rican Women’s History
  • Feminist Theories
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critique of Coloniality


  • The Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, 2021-22
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Selected Publications:

“Antonia Sáez Torres and Colonial Education in Early
Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico,” The Journal of Caribbean History, 53:1 (2019): 117-142.

“’Race and Class among Nacionalista Women in Interwar Puerto Rico: The Activism of Dominga de la Cruz Becerril and Trina Padilla de Sanz” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies 12 (Fall 2018): 169-198.

“Social Polarization and Colonized Labor: Puerto Ricans in the United States, 1945-2000” (co-authored chapter with Kelvin Santiago-Valles) in The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States, 1960 to the Present, edited by David Gutierrez (NYC: Columbia University Press, 2004), 62-149.

“Carmen María Colón Pellot: On ‘Womanhood’ and ‘Race’ in Puerto Rico during the Interwar Period,” The New Centennial Review 3:3 (2003): 71-92

Jimenez-Munoz, Gladys M., “The Black-Face of Puerto Rican Whites: Race and Representation in Postwar Puerto Rico,” The Latino Review of Books (2002): 99-117