Vic Muñoz, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies

Patti McGill Peterson Professor of Social Sciences

Off-Campus Study Director, SALT Center for Documentary Studies

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Vic Muñoz, Ed.D.

"Teaching allows me to learn with students. As we learn and explore together, we form a community of learners who inquire, argue, listen thoughtfully, and are willing to risk being spontaneous and thinking creatively about human behavior, culture, diversity, and new ways of engagement in the larger world. That's my ideal classroom and I love creating that with students."

Professor Muñoz's focus is studying the intersections and borders of ethnic, cultural, sexual, class, and gender identities. As a qualitative researcher, Professor Muñoz relies on inductive methods (in-depth interviewing, narrative analysis, documentary photography, and video) and multimedia digital technologies to generate theory. Professor Muñoz is interested in research and teaching methodologies which lead to new understanding and knowledge in psychology and education which support social justice and liberation.


1983 B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Photography,
Film, Biological Sciences (individualized major)
1985 M.Ed. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Math, Science,
Technology, and Education Project
1993 Ed.D. Harvard University, Human Development and Psychology

Select Publications

Muñoz, V. Orienting Gender, Disorienting Sex: Exploring the Shifting Relations Between Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Orientation Among Trangender Youths and Adults, in De Cecco, J. (series ed.), Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Studies. Binghamton: Haworth Press, forthcoming in 2006.

Muñoz, V. Where "Something Catches": Work, Love, and Identity in Youth. In Britzman, D. P. (series ed.). Identities in the Classroom. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Muñoz, V. "Jumping El Charco, Flying La Guagua Aerea, and
Other Acrobatics of Puerto Ricanness." Journal of Curriculum
Theorizing, 1999.

Courses Taught

  • The Psychology of Women
  • Human Sexuality
  • Adolescent Development
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Constructing Sexual Identities
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • Hate Crimes
  • Femininities/Masculinities
  • Transgenderism