Ana Prata

Ana Prata
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-3296
Office location:
SN 317



  • Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • B.A./B.S. in Sociology from New University of Lisbon, 1996.
  • Specialty Areas: Political Sociology, Social Movements, Gender and Sexuality, Theory, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Network Analysis, Southern Europe.

Courses Taught

  • Sociological Theory I (SOC 368)
  • Field Study and Reports (SOC 498)
  • Political Sociology and Social Change (SOC 585)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Prata, Ana et al. “Sexual and Bodily Citizenship – The cases of Czech Republic, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweeden” in Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil & Sevil Sümer (eds.) Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: Women’s movements, gender and diversity. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Prata, Ana. 2010. “Finding a Voice: Abortion claim-making during the Portuguese democratization”. Women’s Studies International Forum. Vol. 33, pp.579-588.

Prata, Ana. “Silence, Punishment and Resistance – Women’s Movement Demands and Institutional Responses to Abortion in Portugal”. Forthcoming 2008 at Women’s Studies International Forum.

Prata, Ana. 2008. "The Portuguese Women's Movement - A Brief Characterization and Demystification” in FINISTERRA- Revista de Reflexão e Crítica (Journal of Reflection and Critique), p.259-264.

Prata, Ana. 2005. “Friends in High Places? - The Trajectories of the Spanish and Portuguese Women’s Movements” in Michel Dumoulin and Antonio Ventura Díaz Díaz (eds.) Portugal and Spain in Europe in the 20th Century. Yuste: Fundacion Academia Europea de Yuste, pp. 249-259.

Prata, Ana. 2003. “Women's Political Organizations in the Transition to Democracy: An Assessment of the Italian and Spanish Cases.” Journal of Women's History Vol.15: 3, Indiana University Press, pp. 143-148.

“Cooking Citizenship: An analysis of political and gender re-socialization through food in Portuguese magazines, 1965-1985.” Paper presented at 79th Annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Portland (April 2008).

“Unlikely Citizens, Likely Alliances: Women's Organizations, Women’s Policy Agencies and Political Parties in Democratic Transitions.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Meeting in New York (August 2007).

Research and Interests

  • European Women’s Movements
  • State Feminism in Southern Europe and Latin America
  • Global Human Trafficking
  • Reproductive Rights