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Director's Corner

Susie Porter, Professor in History and Gender Studies, has worked as a bartender, waitress, house cleaner, cashier, babysitter, secretary, and stuffing jelly doughnuts at a bakery. While there was much to love in all of these jobs, she chose studying history because, she says, it is liberating. It is liberating to know that things have not always been as they are. This means things can change. She chose a career in the humanities because it is a place where people can dream, create, and effect change.

Porter is the author of two award-winning books: Workingwomen in Mexico City: public discourses and material conditions, 1879-1931 (University of Arizona Press, 2003); and, From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950 (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). Spanish-language version of both books were published by El Colegio de Michoacán press (2008 and 2020, respectively). Porter is co-editor of two volumes: Orden social e identidad de género. México siglos XIX y XX, with María Teresa Fernández Aceves and Carmen Ramos Escandón (CIESAS/ Universidad de Guadalajara, 2006); and, Género en la encrucijada de la historia social y cultural, with María Teresa Fernández Aceves (CIESAS/ El Colegio de Michoacán, 2015). Porter has also published a collection of historical documents, with Nora Jaffray and Ed Osowski (Westview, 2009), as well as numerous articles. She was designated Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Utah (2019). She serves as a country conditions expertise for asylum cases and was a founder of the Westside Leadership Institute (Spanish-language seminar).

A Message From Susie Porter

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Utah is nationally recognized for its excellence and is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant. Join us in our passion for all things Latin American.

CLAS is committed to building stronger, more equitable communities both on and off campus, nationally and internationally. Our work includes curriculum innovation in K-12 schools and in higher education; Indigenous language instruction (Nahuatl and Quechua); Spanish-language learning communities; language across the curriculum; community engagement; and invited speakers.

Welcome to our new faculty affiliates. We have an exciting line-up of classes this semester.

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My best wishes to you,

Susie Porter
Susie S. Porter
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Professor, Gender Studies and History

Last Updated: 5/31/22