College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Women's and Gender Studies > Faculty > Heather Montes-Ireland

Heather Montes-Ireland

​Courses Taught

  • WGS 100 Women's Lives: Race, Class, & Gender
  • WGS 225 Constructing Gender and Sexuality
  • WGS 305 Mothering, Work, and Reproductive Justice
  • WGS 336 Women and Film
  • WGS 391 Methods and Scholarships in Women's Studies 
  • WGS 394 Latina/x Feminist Thought & Culture
  • WGS 400 Feminist Theories

Research Interests

  • Economic violence, racial capitalism, labor studies, poverty policy
  • U.S. women of color and transnational feminisms
  • Latina/Chicana/Boricua feminism & culture
  • Queer of color critique, critical sexuality studies, reproductive justice

​​​Selected Publications

“She's Been Doing Everything Right: Mothers of Color and Economic Violence." Forthcoming in Women, Gender, and Families of Color.

“'Noble Mothers' and their Others: Racialized Women Entrepreneurs and Poverty Finance." Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(7), 69-82, July 2021. Available at:

“Puerto Rico." Women's Lives Around the World: In Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, Susan Shaw, Nancy Barbour, Patti Duncan, Krynn Freehling-Burton, and Jane Nichols, Eds. ABC-CLIO, 2018.

“Thinking Outside the Check-Box." Women's Voices, Feminist Visions, 6th ed, edited by Susan Shaw and Janet Lee, Eds. McGraw Hill, 2014, 55-56.

“Complex Identities: Multiracial Feminists Challenge Binaries." Women's Voices, Feminist Visions, 5th edited by Susan Shaw and Janet Lee, Eds. McGraw Hill, 2011, 46-47. 

Academic Works in Progress

Privatizing the Welfare Queen in the Age of Entrepreneurship: Racialized Women in Global Poverty Policy. Book manuscript, in progress.​


○    PhD, Gender Studies, minor Latino Studies, Indiana University
    MA, Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University
    BA, Women's Studies, California State University Long Beach

​Professional Affiliations

  • National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Association 
  • Latino Studies Association 
  • Working-Class Studies Association