Perspective: Top Grad Students Honored


Earning a PhD is accomplishment enough for most graduate students, but three recent Arts and Sciences grads received the A&S Graduate Medal along with their doctorates this spring. Here’s a look at their accomplishments in the fields of comparative literature, physics, and gender, women and sexuality studies.

Martha Gonzalez
Graduate Medalist in the Social Sciences

Martha Gonzalez. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.

Martha Gonzalez. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.

2013 was a big year for Martha Gonzalez. In addition to earning a PhD in gender, women and sexuality studies, she was honored with an A&S Graduate Medal and a Grammy Award.  The Graduate Medal and Grammy have more in common than one might assume, since Gonzalez’s music—her band, Quetzal, won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Alternative Album—is inspired and informed by her scholarly work.

Gonzalez’s PhD dissertation,  “Chican@ Artivistas: East Los Angeles Trenches Transborder Tactics,” concerns the development of Chicana music in East Los Angeles from the 1990s to the present. “In addition to music theory and Chicana feminist theory, I was surprised and blown away by Martha’s use of feminist development theory [in her dissertation],” comments Priti Ramamurthy, chair of the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. “Martha’s scholarship is rich, highly original, and provocative. It combines social scientific and humanistic approaches, and it brings a unique voice and perspective to studies of labor, economic development, and social movements.” Gonzalez came to the UW as a Fulbright scholar and later received a Ford Dissertation Fellowship.


One Response to “Perspective: Top Grad Students Honored”

  1. Martha, did you get my last post? It hung up when clicked submit–we met at Son Francisco and once again, kudos to the immense inspiration you give people! More about me at UCSC website above–but it lacks info on the feminist aspects of my work– a big piece (need to update the profile). Not only Francisco, but also Rose Portillo were at Pomona when I was. (Trying to ride coattails…) Thanks for all you do, Robin

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