|Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Connecticut)
220J Newcomb Hall
Gender, Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Family, Immigration, Latin American Studies, Feminist Methods.
Current Research Projects
Professor Acosta is currently working on a book project that explores how lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas negotiate relationships with families of choice and origin. This project explores the invisible work which these women do to preserve familial ties. It further explores how lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas discipline certain aspects of who they are and how they feel in order to preserve these relationships. Professor Acosta's next research project involves exploring women's sexual autonomy, same-sex intimacy and single motherhood in the Dominican Republic.
(Forthcoming). The Language of (In)visibility: Using In-between Spaces as a Vehicle for Empowerment in the Family. Journal of Homosexuality.
Migration, Gender Conformity, and Social Mobility among Puerto Rican Sexual Minorities. Co-authored with Marysol Asencio. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6, 3, Sept. 2009.
2009. Introduction: Mapping Latina/o Sexualities Researchand Scholarship. Co-authored with Marysol Asencio. In Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Practices, Passions and Policies. Edited by Marysol Asencio, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press.
(Forthcoming). “How could you do this to me”? How Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Latinas Negotiate Sexual Disclosure with their Families. Black Women Gender & Families.
2008. Lesbianas in the Borderlands: Shifting Identities and Imagined Communities. Gender & Society. 22(5)539-659.
Social Problems (SOCI 109)
Gender in Latin America (SOCI 691)
Race in the Americas (Social 634)