The University of Texas at Arlington has named Assistant Professor Sonja Watson (Modern Languages), an expert in Spanish and Afro-Caribbean literature, as the director of the University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She will begin her duties in August.
Watson joined UT Arlington in 2007 and served on the advisory board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and as a faculty fellow of the Center for African American Studies. Previously, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Watson earned her undergraduate degree in 1995 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She holds a master’s degree in Spanish and doctoral degree in modern foreign languages with specialization in Hispanic literature/applied linguistics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
“Dr. Watson is a renowned scholar in Afro-Hispanic, Latin American, African diaspora and Caribbean studies, and a respected teacher whose cross-cultural research will help to provide critical understanding of women, gender and power in a global context,” said Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She is committed to furthering knowledge about women, men, gender, sexuality and their many diverse lenses, and encourages the critical examination of traditional theoretical perspectives.”
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(SOURCE: UTA Media Relations)