Julie Torres, Ph.D.

Julie Torres, Ph.D.

Julie Torres, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
ACAD 408


Julie Torres is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies and the Latina/o/x Studies Certificate Coordinator at the University of Colorado Color ado Springs. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research and teaching focus on issues related to Latinx/Puerto Rican studies, diaspora, feminism, social activism, and transnationalism. Her work has been published in the journals Meridians, Feminist Anthropology, Anthropology News, and CENTRO Journal for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Her book manuscript, Border Zones of Crisis: Community, Resistance and the Puerto Rican Diaspora to Orlando (under contract with NYU Press), ethnographically examines Puerto Rican women’s activism in Orlando, Florida in light of contemporary crises.


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anthropology
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, Anthropology and Education
  • B.A., Villanova University, English

Research Areas

  • Latinx studies
  • Diaspora
  • Social Activism
  • Ethnography
  • Transnationalism Feminisms


  • WEST 1010 Introduction to Social Justice
  • WEST 3100 Women of Color: Image and Voice
  • WEST 3370 Boricua Crossings: Puerto Rico and its Diaspora
  • WEST 3400 Theory and Methods in WEST
  • WEST 3900 "Sí, se puede": Latinx Social Movements
  • WEST 3060 Multiracial Identities

Select Publications

Torres, Julie. 2023. ““An act of compassion”: Emotion and the struggle for reproductive justice.” Feminist Anthropology 4: 178–187.

Torres, Julie. 2023. “‘We are Orlando’: Silences, Resistance, and the Intersections of Mass Violence.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 22(2): 446-474.

Torres, Julie. 2021. “‘Los Hijos Auscentes’: Citizenship, Activism, and Recovery in Post-Hurricane Maria Orlando.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 33(1).

Torres, Julie. 2020. “Black Latinx Activists on Anti-Blackness.” Anthropology News website, September 3, 2020. DOI: 10.14506/AN.1481.

Torres, Julie. 2019. “Against Ablution.” Anthropology News website, October 16, 2019. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1288.

Torres, Julie. 2016. “Mourning in Orlando.” Anthropology News 57 (11-12): 14- 17.


Junior Scholar Outstanding Scholarship and Engagement Award, Association of Latina/o and Latinx Anthropologists (ALLA), 2023

Faculty Revitalization Fellowship, UCCS, 2022

Virginia Sa´nchez Korrol Dissertation Award, Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA), 2021