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Ileana Sanchez


I was born and raised in San Antonio, Tx to a Mexican family that lived along the border of U.S. and Mexico. In high school I had the opportunity to go on a service trip to Peru where my passion of travel, culture, and justice began. I wanted to be a Catholic missionary in El Salvador but began focusing on politics and social-economic justice as I worked through my undergrad and became more educated on the negative effects of missionary/service work. 

I received my BA in Human Geography with minor in Sociology from Sam Houston State University in 2021 and soon moved to Dallas, Tx for two years where I was a community/youth organizer for a Latinx nonprofit.

Research Interests

My research focuses on political and urban geography; power structures of cities and their ability to affect distribution of community resources; capitalist geography; and feminists geography. 

Research Description

I am currently researching how political organizations use a critical feminist theoretical framework and how by using this framework contributes to their success in organizing. I am also researching how their relationship to their spaces allows for a feminist framework for be enacted. 


BA Sam Houston State University 

Awards and Honors

Aspire Fellow 2023