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