Professor Natalie Lira has been awarded the 2020-21 Latina/Latino Studies Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award honors the Department’s best teachers. Professor Lira is an engaging and dedicated teacher who has had a tremendous impact on students. Beyond the classroom, Professor Lira has worked closely with students in a variety of capacities—as an independent studies supervisor, summer research mentor, and research team supervisor. As a research team supervisor, Professor Lira involved 8 undergraduate students in her National Institute of Health (NIH) project on eugenic sterilization in North Carolina (see Through this training, students were able to build skillsets relevant to history, public health, and Latina/o studies. Professor Lira has also appeared consistently on the University’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent from 2015 to the present.

Congratulations, Professor Lira!