Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Co-Chair

Manal Hamzeh is a full professor of Gender and Sexualities at the department of Interdisciplinary Studies of New Mexico State University. Her teaching and research draw on anti-racist educational theories and decolonial feminist research methodologies. Through her tenure at NMSU, she was honored with three teaching awards (2012, 2015 and 2019). Manal’s research is distinguished by being transnational in scope and intimately collaborative and by using art-based qualitative methodologies. Her research is making a significant contribution to the contemporary fields of Arabyya and Chicana decolonizing feminist methodologies. Manal is the sole author of Pedagogies of DeVeiling (2012) and co-author of the short animation film, The Four Hijabs (2016), a collaborative work with playwright Jamil Khoury, of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising Theater, Chicago. She earned a Ph.D. in social justice education from the New Mexico State University in 2007. She is an Arab American and second-generation Palestinian born in Jordan. Manal is a member of the Internal Review Board, one of the Dean’s fellows on Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Arts and Sciences and an affiliate faculty of NMSU’s Borderlands and Ethnic Studies. She was also a faculty senator in 2016-2019.

Dr. Hiranya Roychowdhury, Co-Chair

Dr. Roychowdhury received his PhD from the University of Calgary, Canada. He moved to NMSU in 1993 as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the College of Agriculture, and has lived in Las Cruces since then. After his Post-Doctoral at the then Plant Genetic Engineering lab (later renamed the “Gene Lab”) he was hired as a Specialist, Genetics, at the same lab in 1996. In 2000, Hiranya received an appointment as a College Assistant Professor, non-tenure track, at the Chemistry and Biochemistry department where he continued to work as a research faculty till Fall, 2005. He was offered a full time tenure-track teaching position at the Dona Ana Community College that year and moved to the College in fall 2005. He has been at DACC since, and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2014. As a community organizer in Las Cruces since 2000, Hiranya has always been an active advocate for social and economic justice in the county, as well as within the NMSU system. His advocacy and support for his colleagues is extended into his current role as a co-chair on the Faculty Grievance Review Board.