Dr. Lena Palacios

Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Lena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her research and teaching focuses on critical prison studies and prison abolitionism, Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms, girls’ and girlhood studies, transformative justice and community accountability, media justice, as well as research justice (i.e. participatory action research). Lena is currently writing a book focusing on the activism of Indigenous, Black, and Chicana/Latina girls and women who are at the forefront of transformative justice movements in Canada and the United States, particularly around sexual and carceral state violence.