Faculty & Staff
ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Dr. Natalina Monteiro
Professor of Political Science
Professor Monteiro earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with distinction from Northern Arizona University, a master’s in applied Anthropology and a B.A. with honors in Applied Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. A Baccalaureate degree in Organic Chemistry from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Professor Monteiro was a Fulbright senior scholar in Mozambique from 2005-2007. She is a recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation dissertation grant, and the Rockefeller Foundation Africa internship award program. She writes and researches about Gender and politics, the politics of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, and the political economy of gender in Southern Africa. Professor Monteiro teaches political science, African American Studies, and Women/Gender studies full-time at East Los Angeles College, since 2008. Professor Monteiro also taught at El Camino College 2001 to 2008, Santa Monica from 2002-2008 and returned in 2013 as an Adjunct Instructor. She teaches a variety of course at SMC, including Global Studies 10, International Politics, Comparative Politics, and Women in Politics. Professor Monteiro taught Political Science: Political Development, Political economy, Sub-Saharan African Politics, Gender and Development, Feminist theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, African American politics, and Southeast-Asian politics at Cal State San Marcos and Cal State Northridge, from 1998-2005 & 2007 to 2008. She taught Spanish from 1993-1997 at Northern Arizona University and Assistant director for the Spanish Aboard Program (1990-1992) in Colégio de España, Salamanca.
Office: F7 – Room 307 L
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Areas of Interest: Globalization, Trade and Global Studies; Gender and Politics; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Political Economy of Development countries; African Politics; International Public Policy; Research Methods: Longitudinal data analysis, ethnographic research methods, & Quantitative methods; African American Studies.
Teaching philosophy: Professor Monteiro believes that teaching/learning is a partnership between the teacher/students. Education is a tool for self-awareness, whereby students reflect upon their world critically. Professor Monteiro is committed to Paulo Freire’s understanding of knowledge, power, and learning: “Students are more than empty vessels to be fulfilled with meanness information.” Her goal is to empower students from all walks of life and facilitate their learning. She is convinced that students can learn better if they take charge of their education.