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 Colorado Springs. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research and teaching focuses on issues related to Latinx studies, diaspora, feminism, social activism, transnationalism, and race. She has published in academic venues, such as Anthropology News, CENTRO Journal for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (forthcoming). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled, Border Zones of Crisis: Community, Resistance and the Puerto Rican Diaspora to Orlando, which ethnographically examines Puerto Rican women’s activism in Orlando, Florida in light of contemporary crises. In 2021, the dissertation on which the book is based was awarded the Virginia Sanchez-Korrol PRSA Dissertation Award.


  • 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. “‘We are Orlando’: Silences, Resistance, and the Intersections of Mass Violence.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 22(2) [forthcoming].

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.


Virginia Sanchez Korrol Dissertation Award , 2020