Laura E. Gómez, interim dean of UCLA College Division of Social Sciences and professor of law, has been named Metropolitan State University of Denver’s 2016 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor. The professorship continues a 19-year tradition of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Professor Gómez, who began her academic career at UCLA in 1994, joined the University of New Mexico as a professor of law and American studies in 2005, and returned to UCLA in 2011. Her research spans the fields of law and society, critical race theory and the sociology of race, and her articles have appeared in journals including the Law & Society Review and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. She is the author of two monographs, "Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure" (1997) and "Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race" (2007), with a third under advance contract, "Evicted from Whiteness: Latinos and the Future of Race." She co-edited the anthology "Mapping “Race”: Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research" (2013).
Dean Gómez’s many committee appointments include the Academic Senate’s privilege and tenure committee, the UCLA Moreno Report Implementation Committee, and faculty advisory boards for the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the Center for the Study of Women. She was a co-founder and the first co-director of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program. She also serves on the 2016 committee of visitors for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences.