Professor Laura Gómez explored the racial dynamics surrounding the confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at St. Thomas University School of Law as part of the school’s 2009-2010 Distinguished Speaker Series. Her talk in March was titled, “Color-Blind in One Eye: The Sotomayor Nomination and the Politics of Race.”
With her confirmation, Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice to serve on the nation’s high court. During her talk, Gómez asked the questions: How has adding Latinos to the mix changed the national discourse on racial politics? and how has gender shaped racial dynamics in the confirmation process?
In addition to being a law professor at the University of New Mexico, Gómez is a professor of American Studies at UNM.