Elva Orozco Mendoza

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Elva F. Orozco Mendoza holds a Ph.D. in political science, with a specialization in political theory, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an assistant professor of political science and women and gender studies at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Orozco Mendoza teaches courses in comparative political theory, political violence, decolonial feminism, Latin American politics, and democratic theory among others. Dr. Orozco Mendoza was a 2020 Junior Faculty Fellow at The Institute for Citizens & Scholars. Her work has been published by Theory and EventNew Political ScienceThe Journal of Latin American Perspectives, and Philosophy and Global Affairs. Dr. Orozco Mendoza is currently working on a book manuscript where she theorizes the concept of the maternal contract.


Selected publications

“On Hearing the Daughters’ Call: Feminicide, Freedom, and Maternal Action in Northern Mexico” Forthcoming in Philosophy and Global Affairs, V1.1(January 2021).

 “Mapping the Trail of Violence: The Memorialization of Public Space as a Counter Geography of Violence in Ciudad Juárez,” Journal of Latin American Geography, JLAG. 18. 3 (November 2019): 132-157.

 “Las Madres de Chihuahua: Maternal Activism, Public Disclosure and the Politics of Visibility,” New Political Science, 41:2 (April 2019): 211-223.

 Feminicide and the Funeralization of the City: On Thing Agency and Protest Politics in Ciudad Juárez,” Theory and Event.20.2 (April 2017): 351-380.

 “Protest Objects: Gender Violence and the Politics of Memory” Kültür ve Siyasette Feminist Yaklaşımlar (Turkish). Issue 28. February 2016.

Elva Orozco Mendoza
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Office LocationHerbst Hall 420
Office HoursMonday 2:30-4:30 PM and Wednesday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM