Oliva M. Espín

Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. Dr. Espín was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds. A native of Cuba, she received her BA in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and her PhD from the University of Florida. She did post-doctoral work at Harvard University with a fellowship from NIMH. Dr. Espín held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She joined Dignity in Boston in the mid-1970s and served as the first chair of the reformatted Committee for Women’s Concerns at the national level in Dignity. She is a sought-out presenter at national and international conferences and has published articles and books on women immigrants and refugees, language in therapy with fluent bilinguals, historical memory and memoir, and feminist psychological understandings of women saints. Her most recent books are Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration, and Feminist Psychology (2015), Women, Sainthood, and Power: A Feminist Psychology of Cultural Constructions (2020), and My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood (2020).