Noralis Rodriguez-Coss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies

I incorporate a teaching philosophy based on a feminist praxis approach. I describe this strategy as a combination of a learner-centered approach with initiatives to put in practice theory in various ways. I use the learner-centered approach to incite...

Portrait of Dr. Noralis Rodriguez-Coss, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of Washington

M.A., Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University

B.A., Office System Administration, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

Courses Taught

WGST 380: Transnational Feminism

WGST 205: Gender and Popular Culture

WGST 202: Gender, Difference, and Power

WGST 193: Feminist Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean


I incorporate a teaching philosophy based on a feminist praxis approach. I describe this strategy as a combination of a learner-centered approach with initiatives to put in practice theory in various ways. I use the learner-centered approach to incite students to take responsibility for their learning experience, and to promote collective work. The practice of theory encourages students to be creative and explore new perspectives outside of their comfort zone. My teaching interests echo my research interests and focus in the areas of gender violence, feminist activism, public protests, and Body, Decolonial, Performance, and Island Studies.

Presentations

2018 - "A Feminist Intersectional Analysis of Economic and Resource (In)Equality in Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria,"

2018 - "Una mirada histórica de los feminismos latinoamericanos y caribeños: temas, paradigmas y puntos de inflexión,"

2017 - “Perspectiva feminista-isleña sobre la construcción del cuerpo femenino en Puerto Rico,” XI Coloquio Nacional sobre las Mujeres, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.

2016 - “Island Feminist Studies: A theoretical overview of the ideal national body and Puerto Rico’s feminisms,” International Small Islands Studies Association, University of the Aegean, Lesvos Island, Greece.

2014 - “¡No tengo opciones!: Understanding state and colonial violence through feminist street performance art in Puerto Rico,” National Women's Studies Association Conference, San Juan, PR.

2014 - “Bodies Speaking from the Ground: Contesting Cultural Construction of the Ideal National Body in Puerto Rico,” National Women's Studies Association Conference, San Juan, PR.

2014 - “Rehearsing Feminisms: Collaborating with Interactive Theater in Academic Settings,” Race and Pedagogy National Conference, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.

2013 - “Decolonizing women’s bodies: Imagining possibilities for anti-violence through radical feminist performance in Puerto Rico,” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago.

2012 -  “Decolonizing women’s bodies: Imagining possibilities for anti-violence through radical feminist performance in Puerto Rico,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA.

2011 - “Playing at Science: Theatrical consciousness-raising about women in science,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

2010 - “Challenges of the Third Wave: Young Women & Feminist Movements of Puerto Rico,” 19th Annual Women's Studies Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

2008 - “Equidad y Transparencia: Lecciones Aprendidas de los Procesos de Reclutamiento y Retención de las Mujeres en las Ciencias en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao,” Mundo de Mujeres/ Women’s Worlds Congress, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

My research interests are in the areas of gender violence, feminist activism, public protests, and Body, Decolonial, Performance, and Island Studies. Currently, I am collaborating with other scholars to push forward a new field of study that focuses on Island Feminisms. My work on this project focuses on Island Feminism from a Puerto Rican context.