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Dr. Tanya Diaz-Kozlowski

Adjunct Lecturer

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Contact Information

  • Address: Latina/o Studies Department
    1207 W. Oregon St.
    Urbana, IL 61802
    M/C 136
  • Telephone: (217) 265-0307
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Dr. Tanya Diaz-Kozlowski is a leader, professor, mentor,and researcher. She earned her PhD. in Education Policy, Organization andLeadership with a minor in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign in 2015. Professor Diaz-Kozlowski works as an InstructionalAssistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Illinois StateUniversity and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Latina/o Studies atthe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an interdisciplinaryLatinx scholar whose academic work and service to the community continue to bein solidarity with others in secondary and higher education who are dedicatedto producing dynamic scholarship that works to mitigate structural inequitiesand cultivates the academic and personal growth of young people. ProfessorDiaz-Kozlowski's pedagogical approach creates a classroom environmentthat pushes students to use inquiry, dialogue, reflection, andaction to think clearly, to speak and write persuasively and eloquently,and to evaluate critically both their own and others ideas.  Professor Diaz-Kozlowski teaches an array of courses in Latino/a Studies and Gender & Women's Studies. Professor Diaz-Kozlowski lives in Champaign, IL and spends her free time reading fiction, running, biking, spending time with friends and sorority sisters, and spoiling her dog Francisco Tyson.

Research Description

I am currently writing an article that positions my testimonios (Cruz, 2012) as a Latinx professor as counter narratives that examine the pervasive barriers to teaching students the ontological, epistemological, and material significance ofintersectionality (Crenshaw, 1991, 2016) in gender studies and Latino studies courses. I offer three approaches to mediating those barriers that speak to the necessity of kneading (Anzaldua, 1990) intersectional Chicana feminist pedagogies and diverse student participation to revitalize curriculum and dismantle systems of privilege and inequality.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Sex/Gender Systems in Educational Institutions
  • Chicana/Latina Feminist Pedagogies
  • Popular Culture and Commodifying Difference
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education and 1st Generation Latino/a/x Youth


  • Ph.D. Education Policy, Organization & Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015
  • M.S. Higher Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University 2003
  • B.A. Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Parkside 2001


  • Latino/a Popular Culture LLS 240

Office Hours

  • Tuesday & Thursday 2-3pm and by appointment