Felicia Salinas-Moniz, Director
Felicia earned her M.A./Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University and has worked as an administrator at the university since 2010. She is also an Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown. Her scholarly interests include Chicana/Latinx Studies, popular culture, girlhood, and women of color feminisms. Her dissertation “Latina Imprints and Impressions: A Study of Contemporary Popular Fiction for Latina Readers” engages in a critical analysis of the production and consumption of the “chica lit” genre. She has published her research in the journal Feminist Teacher and in the anthology Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationality in the Chick Lit Genre (Routledge, 2018). Felicia received her B.A. in Creative Arts, with a minor in Mexican-American Studies from San Jose State University. An avid food lover, she enjoys creating new recipes and sharing a meal with family and friends.
Madyson Crawford, Assistant Director
Originally from Houston, Texas, Madyson Crawford received her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 where she wrote “We Knew To Stay In Our Lane”: Southern Black Women’s Politics of Belonging and (Dis)Belonging, which received the Women’s and Gender Studies MA thesis award. Madyson’s research focuses on an exploration of Southern Black women’s conceptualizations of home and space during the desegregation era in Houston through storytelling. Her interests include Black feminist geographies, Black elders and kinship, knowledge production through storytelling, Black queer theory, and Black women’s literature. While a graduate student she created and facilitated a zine writing workshop at the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center and worked at the feminist bookstore Book Woman. She has presented her work at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference and at the Association of American Geographers Conference; and an excerpt from her thesis work can be found in A Journal of Feminist Geographies. Madyson has worked as a political organizer during the 2018 Texas election, an English teacher at a public high school in Texas, and a volunteer dispatch for an abortion access organization. You can find Madyson at your local coffee shop daydreaming about a llama farm!