Eden E Torres PhD

Torres retired from the University in June 2021. She was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Chicano and Latino Studies, with adjunct status in American Studies. Beginning college at the age of thirty-five, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, and taught in the College of Liberal Arts for thirty years. A specialist in Chicana/x feminisms, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy, Torres focused on the intersecting and overlapping nature of socially-constructed categories like race, class and gender. She tried to inspire students to analyze and think critically about the world around them and to see themselves as important historical actors. Because she was nominated for these awards by her students, Torres is most appreciative and proud of winning the Arthur "Red" Motley Award for Exemplary Teaching 2003-2004, and the Council on Graduate Studies Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013. Torres is the author of Chicana Without Apology/Chicana sin vergüenza: The New Chicana Cultural Studies. During her tenure, Torres served two terms as the Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: American Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1998.

Curriculum Vitae


  • race, class & gender
  • Chicana/o cultural studies
  • Chicana/Chicano history and politics
  • Chicana feminist theory
  • Feminist & Critical Pedagogies
  • Gender, Labor & Politics
Courses Taught
  • WoSt4401 - Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies
  • WoSt 8490 - Chicana/Latina Feminisms
  • GWSS 8107 - Feminist Pedagogies
  • GWSS 3406 - Gender, Labor & Politics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social , Aug. 2003 - Dec. 2008
  • Associate Editor: Aztlán, Journal of Chicano Studies , Jan. 2009


  • Justice System on Trial: Mexican Americans, Popular Culture and the Law: an exploration of the media's influence on practices within the justice system, this study critically analyzes the effects of biased representations on the Mexican American community.


  • Celebrando Mujeres: Keynote Speaker. UC Berkeley's Distinguished Chicana Scholars speaker's series, Mar. 2007,
  • Invited Speaker: Brown, Black, White and Everything In Between: Anti-Racist Education v Multiculturalism in the Classroom. Loyola Marymount University, Jan. 2008
  • NACCS National Conference, San Antonio TX: Keynote Speaker, March 2012


  • A Visible Heat Rising: Torres is currently editing the manuscript. This novel follows two Chicanas coming of age and growing old in Minnesota.,
  • “A Chicana Dystopian Novel and the Economic Realities of Their Dogs Came with Them.”: Torres, Eden, Eds. Marcial Gonzalez & Carlos Gallego, University of Michigan, Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism, 2018.
  • "Is Postnationalism Liberating?" Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Fall 2011.
  • “Wounds of Fire: Anzaldúa’s Cultural Production from Pain to Theory.” : Torres, Eden, .” Eds: Norma Cantú, Christina L. Guitiérrez, Norma Alarcón, and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, Aunt Lute Press, El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Writings from the Meetings of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, 2010.
  • "Ever-Widening Circles: Broadening the Definitions and Usefulness of 'Chicana Feminisms.'". Torres, Eden, Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 23, #4, Author, 2004.
  • "Power, Politics, and Pleasure: Class Differences and the Law.". Torres, Eden, Rutgers Law Review, February 2003.
  • Chicana Without Apology: The New Chicana Cultural Studies. Torres, Eden, Routledge, 2003.
  • Ella que tiene jefes y no los ve, se queda en cueros: Chicana Intellectuals (Re)Creating Revolution. Torres, Eden, Academic Feminism Dead? Theory in Practice, NYU Press, 2000.
  • President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award, Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • University of Minnesota Grant in Aid, College of Liberal Arts, 2001 - 2003
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Award for Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013