Adela C. Licona is Interim Director of the University of Arizona's Institute for LGBT Studies, Associate Professor of English, Associate Chair of the GIDP in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, and affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, Family Studies and Human Development, Institute of the Environment, and Mexican American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, race, critical youth studies, non/dominant rhetorics, community literacies, action-oriented research, borderlands studies, space and visual culture, social justice media, environmental justice, and feminist pedagogy.
She has published in such journals as Antipode, Transformations, Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. Additionally, she has co-published a number of community research briefs with community educator-activists, youth, and graduate students. These policy-relevant briefs have circulated beyond the university across local communities. Adela is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and author of Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY Press, 2012).
Adela has served as the co-director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation-funded think-and-act research, writing, and teaching collective designed for action-oriented research on youth, sexuality, health, rights, and justice. Together with graduate students, she is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of progressive feminist scholars committed to public scholarship and community dialogue. She is the 2015-16 Co-Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association, NWSA, Conference and is a member of the NWSA Governing Council. She is Editor Emeritus of Feminist Formations, and she serves on the advisory/editorial boards for Women's Studies in Communication, QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Feminist Formations, and the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, a project of Spoken Futures.