Aracely Garcia-Gonzalez

Graduate Student


Latina Sexuality; Embodied Sexual Aesthetics; Racialized Sexuality; Feminized Labor within Modern Capitalism; Digital Sex Work; Sex and Cultural Production



BA in Humanities and Communications UCSB
MA in Chicana/o Studies


Aracely is a first-generation Chicana from the Central Valley of California (209). She has a B.A. in Humanities and Communications and Chicana/o Studies and an MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies. Aracely works with a local non-profit in implementing anti-bias and anti-racism curriculum in the K-12 system. She organizes parent outreach groups with Latinx local families and strategizes action plans for parents confronting racism and other bias at the local schools.

Her dissertation investigates digital media’s role in identity formation for Latinas and illuminates Latina artists, Latina Webcam models, and cultural workers such as Cardi B and Lupe Velez as performances of embodied sexuality directly challenging ideas of respectable Latina femininity. Aracely centers digital sex workers and cultural workers and investigates how they challenge Latinx cultural associations and larger discourses of pleasure and play.


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - April 2021

McCune Foundation Grassroots Organization Grant - 2019 to 2021

The Fund for Santa Barbara, Social Justice Grant - 2019 to 2020

UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies, Merit Block Grant - 2020

UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies, Merit Block Grant - 2018 to 2019

UCSB Chicana/o Studies institute Graduate Student Grant - 2015


Chicana Feminisms, Decolonial Theory, Sex Work Studies, Gender, Racialized Aesthetics, Latina Sexualities, Political Economy, and Labor Studies


2021 Café con Chisme, “Support Sex Workers featuring Aracely Garcia Gonzalez” Season 5, Episode 3.


CH ST 151. De-Colonizing Feminism

CH ST 1A. Introduction to Chicano/a Studies - History

CH ST 1B. Introduction to Chicano/a Studies - Gender

CH ST 1C. Introduction to Chicano/a Studies - Culture

CH ST 184A. Chicana Writers

CH ST 187. Language, Power, and Learning

CH ST 138: Barrio Popular Culture - Associate Summer 2021, Summer 2020

CH ST 1B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies-Gender - Associate Summer 2018