Karla Larrañaga

Graduate Student


Third World Feminist theories, Latina Feminist theology, Guadalupan studies, Religious Performativity,  Latinx Cultural Production, Decolonial Theory and Politics, Media studies, Cultural Studies theories and methodologies, Language & Literature; Art


BA in Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University

BA in Women & Gender Studies, Loyola Marymount University

MA in English with an emphasis in Cultural Studies, Kansas State University


Karla Larrañaga is a first generation Chicana from Inglewood, California. Karla received her BA in Chicana/o Studies and Women & Gender Studies from Loyola Marymount University in 2017. She received her Master’s in English with an emphasis in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University in 2019. Karla’s research focuses on an analysis of digital performances of piety dedicated to La Virgen de Guadalupe. Emphasizing the importance of digital spaces as sacred helps to make veneration more accessible for all. These spaces become digital altars that defy borders and boundaries associated with able-bodiedness and citizenship.



July 2022. “Chicanx Popular Catholicism, Feminist Theology, and the Digital Transformation of La Virgen de Guadalupe’s Altar”. Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Summer Institute. University of Illinois, Chicago.
April 2021. “A Love Letter to Chicanx Studies: Graduate Student Testimonios, Tensions, and Dreams”. National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Virtual Conference. Roundtable Discussion with Verónica Mandujano, Kristian Vasquez, and Juan Pacheco.


Vasquez, K. E., Pacheco Marcial, J. D. D., Larrañaga, K., & Mandujano, V. (2021). A Love Letter to Chicanx Studies. “On a Path Toward Self-Sustainment and Evolution in Chicanx Studies”. Ethnic Studies Review, 44(3), 49-57.


CHST 138: Barrio Popular Culture. 
CHST 197A: Honor’s Seminar