Lisa Ortiz

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Lisa Ortiz
Provost Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow
GWSS and Latino Studies
408 Jefferson Building
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Lisa Ortiz is a 2020-21 Provost Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow continuing at the University of Iowa after her appointment as the 2019-20 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” Mellon Sawyer Seminar in the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Iowa. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is grounded at the intersection of Latina/x/o (im)migration, media, and education and specifically explores how, in the context of Puerto Rico, the media portray migration processes in comparison to first-person accounts of their migration experience. Her book project examines (non)traditional ideas of education by focusing on Puerto Ricans moving between the Rural Midwest and Puerto Rico. The book unveils how Puerto Rican migrants and their families employ community and cultural knowledges to find and define their own joy and progress in light of existing colonial inequalities. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with minors in Latina/o Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018.