Commencement Speaker Profile



Dr. Aída Hurtado is the Luis Leal Endowed Professor and faculty member in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to her recent appointment at UC Santa Barbara, she was in the psychology department at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she helped develop the social psychology graduate program with an emphasis on social justice and multidisciplinary methods.

Aida is the past chair of the National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies. Her research focuses on intersectional theory, educational achievement, and media representations of race and gender. Her books include "Relating to Privilege: Three Blasphemies on Race and Feminism" (University of Michigan, 1996); "Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity" (2003. New York: New York University Press), which received an honorable mention for the Myers Outstanding Book Awards given by The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America; and "Chicana/o Identity in a Changing U.S. Society. ¿Quién soy? ¿Quiénes somos?" (2004, co-authored with Patricia Gurin, Tucson: The University of Arizona Press).

Aida is the recipient of the SAGE Award for Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research, granted by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also received the Women of Color Psychologies Award granted by the Association of Women in Psychology for her co-authored chapter "A View from Within and From Without: The Development of Latina Feminist Psychology" that appeared in "The Handbook of U.S. Latino Psychology" (Sage, 2009).

Aida also received the 2014 Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research/Teaching in Higher Education (Research Institutions) Award granted by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She is co-editor (with Pedro Noguera and Edward Fergus) of the book "Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys: Invisible No More" (2011, Routledge).

In addition, she has served as a consultant on educational and gender issues for the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the federal program GEAR UP, and the University of California's Office of the President, among other local, state, and national organizations.

Aida graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Pan American University in 1975 and eared both her M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1982) in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.