Julia Gutiérrez

Julia Gutiérrez
Women's and Gender Studies
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University, M.A. The University of Wisconsin, Madison PhD Arizona State University

Julia Gutiérrez

Visiting Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies

Gender and Migration/Gender, Race, Poverty/Transnational Feminism/Intersectionality Theory


My background is in Women and Gender Studies with an emphasis on Latinx feminisms, women of color feminisms, intersectionality, transnational feminism, and labor migration. My research focuses on the experiences of poverty and migration among Mexican immigrant women living in a low-income neighborhood in Chicago. In particular, I explore how the perceptions of U.S. poverty among Mexican immigrant women are created and informed through a transnational feminist framework and social science research methods. I am using semi-structured interviews and survey methods to understand Mexican immigrant women’s transnational knowledge informed by their pre-migration life in Mexico. They apply this transnational knowledge, in the form of strategies and skills, to navigate poverty in the U.S. For the last two years, I have been a research manager for Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality overseeing and managing data for the American Voices Project, the largest qualitative poverty study in the U.S.

My research and academic interests are influenced by my parents’ experience as Mexican immigrants who settled in Chicago. As the daughter of immigrants, I am intellectually curious about migration and poverty in the Midwest. I am also deeply inspired by women of color feminisms and utilize these theories to inform my feminist research and pedagogy. I have had the opportunity to present my work at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking: Young Scholars Initiative in Budapest, Hungary. During my time at Wellesley College I will be teaching U.S. Women of Color and Economic Inequality, Transnational Feminism, and Feminist Research Methods courses.