Professor Aida Hurtado

Aida Hurtado

Advisory Committee Ex-Officio Member, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Professor Chicano Studies
Chicano Studies


Dr. Aida Hurtado is a Professor in the UCSB Chicano Studies Department and a prolific author. With an academic background in psychology and sociology, Hurtado has focused her research on social and ethnic identity, feminist theory, media portrayals of ethnic and racial groups and equity in education. Professor Hurtado ​​​​made history as a featured speaker at the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C., said to be the largest such civic event ever in the U.S. Her book “Beyond Machismo: Chicana Intersectional Understandings of Latino Feminist Masculinities,” which she co-authored with Mrinal Sinha, a former graduate student who is an assistant professor at Cal State Monterey Bay, is often cited and becoming a staple in the field. The book is the result of more than 100 interviews with Latino men around the country ages 20 to 30, the book examines male views on feminism and gender consciousness. Dr. Hurtado holds a B.A. from Pan American University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.