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Laura Oviedo

Ph.D. Student
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Laura Lee Oviedo received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Texas-Pan American with her master’s thesis titled, “Yes We Are Latino Women but Very Proud to Have Served Our Country”: Ethnic Mexican Women’s Contributions to World War II. Her research utilizes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to study the experiences of Latina/os in the United States, U.S./Mexico borderlands, Chicana/Latina feminisms and labor,  identity politics, racialization/ethnicization processes, and the relationship between war, citizenship, and gender. Building on her master’s thesis, Laura’s dissertation uses a comparative framework focusing on the Militarization of Mexican and Puerto Rican Women’s Lives during World War II and the Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Citizenship. She has been hosted as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico and has presented her research at the American Sociological Association, National Women’s Studies Association, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Scholars, Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, among others.


  • Diversity Fellowship, Texas A&M University, (2014-2017) and Vision 2020 Fellowship, Texas A&M University (2014-2017)
  • National Women’s Study Association Travel Award, Montreal, Canada (2016)
  • World War II”, encyclopedia entry, co-author, 50 Events that Shaped Latino History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, 2v. (forthcoming)