Dr. Lutjens joined the Women’s Studies Department at CSUSM as Chair in January 2008. Her teaching areas include Feminist Theory, Women and Politics, Gender and Organizations, Gender and Development, and Women and Revolution. Education Sheryl Lutjens earned a B.A. in German from the University of California, Riverside, a secondary teaching credential from CSU San Bernardino, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sheryl’s research has focused on power, participation, the state, and democracy; women/gender and politics in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America; and feminist politics and political theory. As a Cuba specialist, her research on Cuba has explored the state and administrative reform, popular participation and democracy, women, education, and U.S.-Cuba academic relations. Her publications include two books, The State, Bureaucracy, and the Cuban Schools: Power and Participation and the co-edited collection Rereading Latin American Women: The Political Economy of Gender, six special issues of the journal Latin American Perspectives (two on women/gender in Latin America and four on Cuba), numerous articles and chapters in books, and North America and the Caribbean, a volume she edited for the six-volume The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide. Her recent publications include “The Subject(s) of Academic and Cultural Exchange: Paradigms, Power, and Possibilities,” in Debating U.S.-Cuba Relations: Shall We Play Ball? eds. Rafael Hernández and Jorge I. Domínguez (Routledge, 2011).
Sheryl is a member of the editorial boards of Cuban Studies and The International Journal of Cuban Studies, and a coordinating editor of Latin American Perspectives. Among other collaborative projects, Lutjens has worked since 1994 with the Association of Cuban Educators in the organization of annual seminarios, in Cuba, for U.S. and Cuban educational professionals, teachers, and graduate students. She is a founding member of the Latin American Studies Association’s Section for Scholarly Relations with Cuba and is currently co-chair of the 665-member section.