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Dr. Breny Mendoza

Dr. Mendoza's Information

Office Contact Information:

Office Location: JR 340

Office Phone Number: 818-677-5641

Office Hours: None. On sabbatical in Spring.

Courses - Spring 2011

  • Dr. Mendoza is on Sabbatical in Spring 2011.

Helpful Departmental Links

Useful links for GWS students:

  1. GWS Chair
  2. GWS Advisor
  3. Gender and Women's Studies Major
  4. Gender and Women's Studies Minor
  5. Schedule of Classes
  6. GWS Courses in Catalog
  7. QS Minor Link

Dr. Mendoza's Bio

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Dr. Breny Mendoza is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Breny Mendoza came to CSUN with a joint appointment in Gender & Women’s Studies and Political Science and as an affiliate of the Central American Studies Department in 2001. She now is tenured in the Gender & Women’s Studies Department. She served as the Director of the Women’s Resource and Research Center from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Mendoza also has ample international experience in the field of gender and development as a consultant to international organizations such as the United Nations (UNDP and UNICEF), the European Union, GTZ-German government and others. She has been an activist of the Latin American feminist movements in Honduras, Peru, and Nicaragua since the 1980s.  She is co-founding member of GLEFAS- the Latin American Feminist Group for Action, Research and Education, a transnational network of Latin American feminists working on issues of postcolonial theories on gender, race, class and sexuality.

Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dr. Mendoza received her Ph.D. from Cornell University (1994) in City and Regional Planning.  She was a Fulbright Scholar and American Association of University Women Fellow. She has a Master’s in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Her research focuses on feminist political theory, transnational feminisms, and Latinamerican postoccidental theorizing and Latin American feminisms. Dr. Mendoza has three books: The Making of the Honduran Feminist Movement (In Spanish. Ed. Guaymuras: 1995); Rethinking the Political (In Spanish. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: 1998) and a co-edited book with Debra Castillo and Mary Jo Dudley entitled Rethinking Feminism in the Americas (Cornell University: 2001). See "Dr. Mendoza's Publications" link on the left for a complete listing of her publications.


Courses taught:

  • CAS 440 Race and the Coloniality of Power
  • HUM 491 Neoliberal Globalization
  • (Co-taught) WS 496 Peace and Global Justice
  • WS 495 Theories of Sexuality and Neoliberal Globalization (renamed to GWS 430 Global Sexualities)
  • GWS 495 Transnational Feminisms
  • GWS 400 Women’s Studies Senior Seminar
  • GWS/CAS 365 Changing Roles of Central American Women
  • GWS 350 Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality
  • GWS 340 Women and Global Development
  • GWS 305 Women’s Studies Community Service Learning
  • GWS 300 Women as Agents of Change
  • GWS 300ONLINE Women as Agents of Change
  • GWS 301 Feminist Theories
  • POLS 448 Women and Politics
  • POLS 471d Political Theory
  • POLS 433A The Politics of Central America
  • (Co-taught) Women in Film: Films from the Islamic World
  • (National Pedagogical University of Honduras) Democracy, Citizenship, and Human Rights
  • (National Pedagogical University of Honduras) Body, Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • (National Pedagogical University of Honduras) Political Theory and Gender
  • (National Pedagogical University of Honduras) Gender, Development, and Globalization