Maricela Becerra (pronouns she, her, and ella) graduated from the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese in 2019. She joined the department as an Assistant Adjunct Professor shortly after where she teaches courses in contemporary Mexican literature and Spanish language. Prior to her doctoral studies, Maricela received a M.A. in Spanish Literature and a B.A. in Spanish Literature, Chicano/Latino Studies, and Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. Her doctoral dissertation, “2 de octubre, no se olvida”: La (post)memoria de Tlatelolco 68” examines contemporary representations of the Tlatelolco student massacre. Maricela specializes in contemporary Mexican literature and culture, with a focus on memory and violence. She is currently revising her dissertation and exploring the representation of State violence in the film Roma.
- Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
- Graduate Certificate. Urban Humanities Initiative: Mexico City. University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
- M.A. Spanish, California State University, Long Beach (2014)
- B.A. Spanish Literature, Chicano & Latino Studies. Minor: Political Science, California State University, Long Beach (2010)
- Becerra, Maricela , Lucy Seena, and Gus Wendel. “The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa.” Boom: A Journal of California 6.3 (2016): 33–41.
- Becerra, Maricela et al. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágica in Boyle Heights .” Boom: A Journal of California 6.3 (2016): 95–100.
- Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2014-2018)
- Graduate Research Mentorship (2016): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden
- Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2016): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden
- “Juntos Podemos/Together We Can” scholarship. Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA
- Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2015): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden
- “The zombification of memory: “La otra noche de Tlatelolco” by Bernardo Esquinca”. I Heart Pop: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Department of Comparative Literature. The Graduate Center, CUNY; New York. November 10-11th, 2016.
- “Ni virgen ni puta: Un nuevo ideal femenino a través de Sandra Cisneros, John Rechy y Alma López”. 10th International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. June 1st, 2016.
- “Ni la muerte le pone punto final a la historia: La (pos)memoria de Tlatelolco 68 en María Amparo Escandón”. XXII Congreso annual de mexicanistas Juan Bruce-Novoa. University of California, Irvine. May 7th, 2016.
- “Yo y el indio que llora: El llanto indígena y su función calificadora en Naufragios de Cabeza de Vaca”. AATSP Roger Anton Conference. California Baptist University, Riverside. March 1st, 2014.
- “Amas de casa revolucionarias: La domesticidad como arma de resistencia en En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas”. 2nd Annual Spanish Graduate Student Association Symposium, War and Revolution in Hispanic Literature and Film. California State University, Long Beach. April 19th, 2013.
- “¿Hasta que la muerte nos separe? El matrimonio a prueba en dos obras de Carmen de Burgos”. 38th International Symposium of Hispanic Literature, Homage to Elena Poniatowska. California State University, Dominguez Hills. March 6th, 2013.