Marilyn Ortega

PhD Student
Primary office:
213C Bailey Hall


Marilyn Ortega is a Xican@/Woman of Color/mother, community educator/organizer and Ph.D student in American Studies at the University of Kansas.  Her work is grounded in her lived experiences and community involvement.  Marilyn Ortega’s primary objectives in her work are to decolonize the mind/body and build coalition across lines of difference/borders created and maintained by colonialism.  Her current research examines the ways that historical trauma complicates recovery for Xicanas that self-medicate after childhood sexual trauma.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Kansas State University where she focused on expanding conversations about the School-to-Prison Pipeline to understand the Prison Industrial Complex as a reproductive justice issue terrorizing communities of color in the United States.


Announcements
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey for being awarded the 2017 Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship.
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Seizing Freedom: With David Roediger and Peter St. Clair
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
  • CLAS names 1st associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (KU News link)
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Marilyn Ortega for being selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellows for 2017.
  • Ben Schmack won the Best Ph.D. Paper Award at the 2016 Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference.  Congratulations, Ben!
  • Congratulations to Kathryn Vaggalis who received the Center for Migration Research Graduate Student Grant.
  • Ph.D. student Gamze Kati was one of the winners of the second annual IEHS graduate student blog competition this year.  Congratulations, Gamze!
Upcoming Events
Nichole T. Rustin-Paschal
​"'The Kind of Man I Am': Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus"
Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Murphy Hall Room 238

Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series
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