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Jessie  Turner

Jessie Turner

Jessie Turner


Office: CMC 202M



I earned a PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies, with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies and a Certificate in College and University Teaching, from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012. My teaching and research interests include: Chicana/o/Latina/o studies; multiracial studies; women of color feminisms; critical race theory; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; comparative ethnic studies; comparative U.S. history; multimedia narrative formats; and critical whiteness studies.

My article, “Reconsidering the Relationship between New Mestizaje and New Multiraciality as Mixed Race Identity Models” appears in the inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies. I’m currently conducting oral history interviews with people who have both Mexican and another ethnic/racial background, as well as working on a book project that investigates how both racial amnesia and reclamation inform identity migration over three generations of my bicoastal family. I also serve on the Executive Board of USF’s Status of Latinos Presidential Advisory Committee.

I have worked as a case manager in women's and children's shelters, a housing rights organizer, and a bilingual educator in an after school program for girls. I am originally from Vermont, and while I most recently lived in California, I have also lived in: El Paso, TX; Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua; central New York State; Mendoza, Argentina; Tucson, AZ (twice); and North Carolina. When not teaching and writing, I read novels, bake, visit family, and draw, paint, and take photographs.