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Xóchitl
Social Sciences
E118
Mota-Back
Assistant Professor of Sociology
808-689-2484

Dr. Xóchitl Mota-Back completed her doctoral work at the University of Arizona in 2017. Her dissertation titled, "Expertly Framed: How Science and Evidence Came to Dominate the Sex Ed Debate," builds upon and contributes to work by both sociologists and historians of sexuality and scientific knowledge. Dr. Mota-Back's teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of gender, family, sexuality, science and technology (STS), and liberatory epistemology.

Ph.D. Sociology
University of Arizona, 2017

M.A. Sociology
University of Arizona, 2010

M.A. Sociology
Lehigh University, 2008

B.A. Sociology/Social Psychology
Lehigh University, 2006

2017-Present: Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

2016-2017: Visiting Assistant Professor
Willamette University

2011-2016: Graduate Instructor
University of Arizona

2011-2014: Adjunct Instructor
Towson University

University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu:

  • SOC 100    Survey of General Sociology
  • SOC 309    Sociology of the Body
  • SOC 313     Sociology of Work
  • SOC 321     Survey of Sociological Theory
  • SOC 362    Gender, Culture, and Society
  • SOC 451     Analysis of Marriage and Family
  • SOC 499     Directed Research
  • SSCI 300    Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • SSCI 486S  Sociology Senior Seminar

 

Willamette University:

  • SOC 121 Gender in Society 
  • SOC 131 Science and Knowledge in Society
  • SOC 358 Masculinities 
  • SOC 326 Sexualities

University of Arizona:

  • SOC 150B Sex and Gender 
  • SOC 324 Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOC 325 Men and Masculinities 
  • SOC 459 Sociology of Gender 

Towson University:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • WMST 607 Advanced Feminist Theory 

Niño, Michael D., Tianji Cai, Xóchitl Mota-Back, and Joseph Comeau. 2017. “Gender differences in trajectories of alcohol use from ages 13 to 33 among Latina/os.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 180:113-120.

  • 2013: SBSRI Dissertation Grant ($1,000), University of Arizona
  • 2012: Graduate Presenter Scholarship ($200), Sexualities Section Committee
  • 2011: Graduate and Professional Studies Student Travel Grant ($500), University of Arizona
  • 2008-2009: Graduate Diversity Fellowship ($10,000), University of Arizona
  • 2006: E.M. Nevius Award for Undergraduate Achievement and Leadership ($2,455). Lehigh University

"Expertly Framed: How Science and Evidence Came to Dominate the Sex Ed Debate". University of Arizona. 2017

  • Gender and Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Knowledge 
  • Scientific Expertise
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Survey Methods
  • Liberatory Epistemology
  • Feminist/Xicana Theory

“Interpretive Reproduction and Forms of Engagement with Racial and Gender Messages” University of Arizona. 2010.

“‘Things are Better Now’: Children’s Perspectives on Race and Class”. Lehigh University. 2008.

"HollaBack! Mobilization: Technology, Bodies, and the Creation of a Social Problem." Pacific Sociological Association. March 2019. Oakland, CA.

“Expert Cues: Theorizing Boundary Work Between Scientists and Non-Scientists.” Hawai'i Sociological Association. February 2018. Hilo, HI. 

“Parental Evaluations of Expertise: An Experimental Vignette in Sex Education.” Pacific Sociological Association. April 2017. Portland, OR.

“Expertly Framed: How Evidence Came to Dominate the ‘Sex Ed’ Debate.” New Directions after a Quarter-Century of the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology. SKAT Mini-Conference. August 2015. Chicago, IL. 

“Conceptualizing Niche Characteristics in Social Movement Families.” American Sociological Association. Annual Meeting. August 2014. San Francisco, CA.

“Historical Use of Expert Cues in Sex Education Materials: A Content Analysis.” Southern Sociological Society. Annual Meeting. April 2014. Charlotte, NC.

“Interviewing and Feminist Methodology.” Invited Talk. March 2014. Towson University. Towson, MD.

“Masculinity and the Media” Invited Talk. April 2013. Towson University. Towson, MD

“Evidence and Expertise: Enactments of Knowledge in the Sex Education Debate.” Crossing Boundaries: Workshopping Sexualities. Sexualities Mini-Conference. August 2012. Denver, CO.

“A Child’s Place in Race and Gender Socialization.” American Sociological Association. Annual meeting. August 2011. Las Vegas,NV.

“Constructed Childhoods: Classed Perspectives on Race.” American Sociological Association. Annual meeting. August 2010. Atlanta, GA.

“‘Things are better now’: Young Children’s Perspectives on Race and Equality.” Pacific Sociological Association. Annual Meeting. April 2009. San Diego, CA.

“Race and Class Inequalities: Young Children’s Perspectives.” (with Heather Beth Johnson). Eastern Sociological Society. Annual Meeting. February 2008. New York City, NY.

American Sociological Association (ASA). 

Pacific Sociological Association (PSA). 

Hawaiian Sociological Association (HSA). 

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). 

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Faculty Senate, 2019-Present.

Sustainability Committee,2019- Present.

Compliance Committee, 2018- Present.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee, 2018- Present.

Sociology Club Faculty Advisor, 2018- Present.

Academic Affairs and Planning Committee, 2017-2019.