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Elena Rebeca Gutiérrez, PhD

Associate Professor

Gender and Women's Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies

Pronouns: she/her/hers; they/them/theirs


Building & Room:

1224 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-9039


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Elena Gutierrez CV


Elena Rebeca Gutiérrez is an Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a scholar of reproductive justice, Chicana studies and feminist activism. Her book publications include Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Loretta Ross (recipient of the 2005 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award in the area of bigotry and human rights and reprinted by Haymarket Press in 2016) and Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction with University of Texas Press. Her analysis in this text is the basis for the documentary No Mas Bebés, which documents the targeted sterilization abuse of Mexican origin women in Los Angeles California, and the law suit and activism that followed. She also directs Chicana Chicago, which documents the work of women identified leaders in the city’s Mexican-origin communities. Gutiérrez is the curator of the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library, an online research hub that connects organizers and academic scholarship. She has also written academic articles, book chapters, policy reports and blogs regarding abortion access, social networks in contraceptive usage, and a range of reproductive justice issues. Her research and writing played an essential role in eliminating family caps from state welfare laws in California, and the granting of reparations to victims of sterilization in the state. Dr. Gutierrez continues to write about issues of reproductive justice, Chicana feminist activism and student-centered learning.

Dr. Gutiérrez has served on the boards of and worked as a consultant with the National Latina Health Organization, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, the Chicago Abortion Fund, the Illinois Coalition for Adolescent Health, Mujeres Latinas en Acción and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Selected Publications


PhD, Sociology - University of Michigan, 1990