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About Lorna Rivera

Dr. Lorna Rivera is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Latino Studies at UMass Boston. Dr. Rivera holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University (2001). She is the author of several book chapters and journal articles related to low-income women’s access to education and the impact of welfare reform on poor women’s lives. Dr. Rivera’s research about women’s literacy, health literacy, and family literacy programs has been supported by grants/awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the National Academy of Education’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, the National Center for Family Literacy, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Dr. Rivera’s 2008 book, “Laboring to Learn: Women’s Literacy & Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era is the winner of Cyril O Houle Award for Outstanding Literature. In 2008-2010, Dr. Rivera was a Principal Investigator for the “The Impact of Participatory Health Literacy” study funded by UMass Boston’s HORIZON Center & National Center on Minority Health Disparities/National Institutes on Health (NIH). Currently, Dr. Rivera is a Co-Principal Investigator on a project of the UMB & Harvard’s Dana Farber Cancer Center U54 Partnership, “Latino End-of-Life (EOL) Care: Patient, Provider, & Institutional Effects” and she is studying Puerto Rican attitudes and beliefs about End-of Life-cancer treatment. Dr. Rivera serves as a mentor for the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program at UMass Boston, a leadership and public policy training program that addresses social problems affecting Latino communities in New England. Dr. Rivera is a founding member of the Board of Directors of WE LEARN, a national women’s literacy organization, and she has also served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education.


Present Associate Professor of Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston
Present Latino Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Telephone: 617-287-7388
Office Location: W-5-004A


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