Me llamo Letty and I am a first-generation student, Mexican-immigrant, queer, Chicana, digital humanist scholar and activist. My first language is Spanglish and I am pursuing a PhD in Hispanic Cultures & Literatures because I believe in being a part of a community that makes higher education accessible and inclusive.
I study Trans-American and US-Latino literature, film, photography, digital media, and alternative cultural materials from the 20th-21st centuries. Particularly, I’m interested in the intersection of human rights, race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, activism and empathy in popular culture.
I completed my masters thesis titled “Social Anxiety, The Capitalist Industry of Sexual Labor and Gender in Early Twentieth Century Argentina: Between Determinist Narratives of Prostitution and the Power of Rewriting Narratives—and Lives.” I looked at the narratives created by cultural institutions to vilify the prostitute and counteractive arguments that can be pulled from the life of Raquel Liberman, powerful figure that has been historically overlooked.
For the 2019-2020 school year, I am preparing my dissertation prospectus and qualifying paper for the qualifying examinations in the department. For my dissertation I will be exploring the construction and use of monsters as a means of negating the human rights of marginalized populations in a nation. I will be studying how acts of pedagogical activism subvert power structures and spur consumable and popular social movements.
UCLA Certificate Programs: Digital Humanities, Writing Pedagogy, Gender Studies
M.A. in Spanish, University of California, Los Angeles (2018)
B.A. in Hispanic Studies and French Studies, Rice University, Houston (2016)
“Violence in the Construction of a Mexican-American Masculinity,” IASA VIII World Congress. Laredo, TX. July 21, 2017.
“La precariedad polifacética,” Book Review of The Precarious in the Cinemas of the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Revista Guaraguao: Revista de Cultura Latinoamericana. Barcelona, España. Año 22 N.o 58-59, Otoño 2018.
Introductory Spanish: SPAN 1, 2, 3
Heritage Spanish: SPAN 7A, 7B
Literature/Culture: SPAN 120 (Literature in a Historical Context), SPAN 42 (Iberian Cultures)
Awards: T.A. Rookie of the Year (2017-2018)
Courses: SPAN 495 (Teaching Spanish at College Level), GENDER 495 (Feminist Pedagogies)
UCLA’s Annual TA Conference 2017, 2018
Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC): Seminar in Teaching Excellence in Digital Humanities
Mentoring and Evaluation of Graduate Academic Progress (MEGAP) Implementation Workgroup (2019-2020)
Committee on Teaching, Academic Senate (2018-2019)
First-Gen Student Programming
First-Gen Consultant, Programming Committee, Graduate Student Resource Center – GSRC
First-Gen Initiative in the Humanities
Founder, 1st Gen Conference at UCLA
Founder, 1st Gen Latinx (student organization)
Bruin Resource Fair Chair, Graduate Student Orientation Planning Committee (2018, 2019)
GSA Forum Rep, Hispanic & Latinx Graduate Student Association (2019-2020)