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
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
- Latino Student Success: Building Pathways from High School to Baccalaureate Institute. Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Vision grant with Chelsea High School, Bunkerhill Community College, and UMass Boston. Cross-institutional projects to adopt culturally inclusive practices, engage Latino families in the educational process, and connect Latino students with academic support, cultural activities, and mentoring.
- Saltmarsh, J., Warren, M., Krueger-Henney, P., Rivera, L., Fleming, R., Haig Friedman, D. & M. Uriarte. (2015). "Creating an Academic Culture that Supports Community-Engaged Scholarship." In: Diversity & Democracy. V 18.
- Warren, Mark, John Saltmarsh, Patricia Krueger-Henney, Lorna Rivera, Miren Uriarte, Donna Haig Friedman, Richard K. Fleming, Diana Yadira Salas, and Luciano Ramos. 2014. Advancing Community Engaged Scholarship and Community Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston: A Report of the Working Group for an Urban Research-Based Action Initiative. Boston: University of Massachusetts Boston
- K. Fletcher, H.G. Prigerson, E. Paulk, J. Temel, E.. Finlay, L. Marr, R. McCorkle, L, Rivera, F. Munoz, P. Maciejeski. (2013). "Gender differences in the evolution of illness understanding among patients with advanced cancer." The Journal of Supportive Oncology. V11(3):126-32. DOI: 10.12788/j.suponc.0007. Source: PubMed
- A. Wright, H. Stieglitz, Y. Kupersztoch, M, Paulk, Y. Kim, I. Katz, F. Munoz, R. Jimenez, J. Mutchler, L. Rivera, A. Back, H. G. Prigerson. (2013). "United States Acculturation and Cancer Patients' End-of-Life Care." PLoS ONE v 8(3):e58663. DOI: 0.1371/journal.pone.0058663. Source: PubMed
- Rivera, L. & N. Lavan. (2012). “Family Literacy Practices and Parental Involvement of Latin American Immigrant Mothers” in Journal of Latinos and Education, V11 (4).
- Rivera, L. (2009). “Landscape of Academe” in Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience. Eds. M. Miller & K. King. Information Age Publishing.
- Rivera, L. (2008). Laboring to Learn: Women's Literacy & Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era, University of Illinois Press. (Winner of 2009 Cyril O. Houle Award)
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
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