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Melissa K. Ochoa

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Saint Louis University

Melissa K. Ochoa is an Assistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Saint Louis University. Her research connects the micro-level displays of power in gender to a larger, oppressive system. Dr. Ochoa is looking to understand the normalization of sexism by studying which actors embrace, perpetuate, and contribute to these sexism frames and the ways in which they do it.

She has a PhD in Sociology and a Women’s and Gender Studies certificate from Texas A&M University. She obtained two undergraduate degrees, Psychology and Public Relations & Rhetorical Advocacy, from Purdue University in 2009.


  • 2022–present
    Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University
  • 2021–2022
    Assistant Professor, Newberry College
  • 2019–2020
    Researcher, Texas A&M University