Monica De La Torre

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Monica De La Torre is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. De La Torre’s interdisciplinary research and teaching practices bridge Chicana feminist theory, Latina/o media studies, radio and sound studies, and women’s and gender studies. As a critical scholar and practitioner of digital media and radio, Monica analyzes both media content and production practices to push the analytic edge of scholarship foregrounding modalities of difference such as gender, race, class, and citizenship. A former community radio producer and member of the Los Angeles based radio collective Soul Rebel Radio, De La Torre is working on a manuscript, “Feminista Frequencies: Chicana Radio Activism in Public Broadcasting,” detailing the powerful story of Chicana farm workers and activists turned community radio broadcasters beginning in the 1970s.


Ph.D. Feminist Studies, University of Washington 2016

M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University Northridge 2009

B.A. Psychology and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis 2005




De La Torre, Monica. (2018). “Feminista Frequencies: Chicana Radio Activism in the Pacific Northwest.” In ¡Chicana Movidas! Mapping Technologies of Resistance in the Moviemiento Era edited by Maylei Blackwell, María Eugenia Cotera, and Dionne Espinoza. Austin: University of Texas Press.

De La Torre, Monica. 2015. “Programas Sin Vergüenza (Shameless Programs): Mapping Chicanas in Community Radio in the 1970s.” Women’s Studies Quarterly WSQ: The 1970s Volume 43, Numbers 3&4.

Habell-Pallán, Michelle, Sonnet Retman, Angelica Macklin, and Monica De La Torre. (2018). “Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities (Convivencia and Archivista Praxis for a Digital Era).” In Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities edited by Jentery Sayers. London and New York: Routledge. 


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
TCL 471 Latinos In Hollywood
FMS 471 Latinos In Hollywood
TCL 492 Honors Directed Study
TSS 503 Epistemologies & Trnsbrdr Thgt
TSS 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
TCL 201 Transborder Society&Culture I
WST 394 Special Topics
TCL 394 Special Topics
FMS 394 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
WST 394 Special Topics
TCL 394 Special Topics
FMS 394 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
TCL 352 Chicana/o Film
FMS 352 Chicana/o Film