Emma Velez

Assistant Professor, Gender & Women's Studies

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Emma Velez received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Penn State. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and affiliate faculty in Latina/Latino Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Her research interests include Latina and Latinx decolonial feminisms, critical theory, feminist theory, and critical philosophy of race. Their work stages dialogues across disciplines and traditions in order to consider Latina and Latinx feminist contributions to decolonial theory as well as questions of identity, cross-cultural communication, and political marginalization particularly as they intersect with issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

Velez has published her work in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy and has co-edited special issues on the topic of decolonial feminisms in Hypatia and Critical Philosophy of Race. They are also currently working on a book project tentatively titled, Orienting Historias.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ph.D., The Colonial Contract and the Coloniality of Gender, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: Jun 15 2020

Philosophy, M.A., Suny at Stony Brook

Award Date: May 31 2015

B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Oklahoma City University

Award Date: May 31 2013


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Latin American Philosophy
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Decolonial Feminism
  • Feminist Theory


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