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Rabasa Recognized for Teaching Excellence

  • Magalí Rabasa, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
    Steve Hambuchen

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Magalí Rabasa is the latest recipient of the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award.

This prestigious award, administered biennially by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies, is given to younger professors who demonstrate excellence of teaching in the humanities in order to fund new research opportunities.

Since she joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2016, Rabasa has brought her expertise of Latinx and Latin American cultural studies to a variety of departments, including Hispanic studies, Latin American studies, ethnic studies, and gender studies. Her new research exploring feminist economies of knowledge in the Americas reflects this interdisciplinary nature.

“My research over the past decade has focused on the ways that the theories and ideas developed by activist communities travel around the world, gaining new meaning as they move in and out of different spaces,” says Rabasa. “This project extends my long-standing interest in transnational networks of social movements while focusing on the specific ways that feminism is being reimagined and practiced in the Americas today.”

Her $10,000 grant will cover two years of research, including travel to New York and Mexico City.

“I’m especially excited to have the chance to gather new materials to incorporate in my classes, including materials that students might not otherwise have access to, like underground publications, photographs of street art, independently produced music, and other alternative media.”

Rabasa is the ninth recipient of this award from Lewis & Clark, following Bryan Sebok (2018), Kristin Fujie (2014), Rachel Cole (2012), Joel Martinez (2010), Karen Gross (2008), David Campion (2006), Rebecca Copenhaver (2004), and Nora Beck (2000).

—by Yancee Gordon BA ’21

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