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Melissa Ochoa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Women's and Gender Studies


Ph.D. in Sociology, Texas A & M University, 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Purdue University, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations & Rhetorical Advocacy, Purdue University, 2009

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Gender
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Social Psychology

Publications and Media Placements

  • Ochoa, Melissa K. & Joe R. Feagin. Catcalling. University of California Press. Under Contract
  • Ochoa, Melissa K. “Colorism in the Latina Community: The Internalization of Racialized Sexism.” Feminists Talk Whiteness, edited by Leigh Anne Francis and Janet Gray. Taylor and Francis Publishing. Forthcoming
  • Ochoa, Melissa K. 2022. “Life Course and Emerging Adulthood:  Protestant Women’s Views on Intimate Partner Violence and Divorce.” Social Sciences 11(4): 169-184. (2022)
  • Ochoa, Melissa K. “The Question You Should Never Ask Women—Period.” Retrieved May 31, 2019 
  • Ochoa Garza, Melissa K. & Joe R. Feagin. 2019. “Sexism.” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, edited by George Ritzer & Chris Rojek. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. (2019)
  • Ochoa Garza, Melissa K. “Unfiltered: Male Strangers’ Sexist Behavior Towards Women.” Pp. 59-77 in Women and Inequality in the 21st Century, edited by Brittany C. Slatton and Carla D. Brailey. New York: Routledge. (2019)

Honors and Awards

  • 2022-2023 Recipient of the AAUW Fellowship to complete her research at Saint Louis University. It's AAUW's largest and oldest funding program that has supported female scholars since 1888.