Faculty & Staff

Lorna Rivera, PhD

Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts Associate Director of Gaston Institute for Latino Public Policy


photo of Lorna Rivera

Areas of Expertise

Women's literacy, Feminist/critical pedagogies, Social welfare reform, Latina Studies, Race/ethnic/gender health disparities


PhD in Sociology. Northeastern University
Post Doc. National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Current Projects:
L. Rivera. (2018)  Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy.  Book manuscript in progress.  University of Illinois Press.

Rivera, L. & Galanes, L.  (2016). “Coping with Cancer in Vieques: Pedagogy of Survival.”  In J. Jefferies & J. Capetillo-Ponce (Eds.), Postcolonial Vieques: The Struggle for Education, Health, Land, & Labor.  

Rivera, L. , Luis Galanes-Valldejuli of the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey and  Dr. Otomie Vale-Nieves, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.  The Discourses of Viequense Women at the Intersections of Feminism, Ecology and Human Rights.  Revision of a paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in 2014.   

Research Associate & Faculty Mentor, Latino Leadership Opportunity Program, Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Public Policy. http://www.gaston.umb.edu/llop.php

Welfare Reform Syllabus

Lorna Rivera's Book

Lorna Rivera quoted in Ms. Magazine

WELEARN Documentary

Sociology of Immigration Part One

Sociology of Immigration Part Two

See Professor Rivera in the documentary Feminist Movements in the Caribbean

Professor Rivera's Scholarworks Publications