Marina V. Chavez

Graduate Student


Nationalisms; Gender and Sexuality; Chicana/o/x-Latina/o/x Cultural Expressions; Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Equity in Higher Education


MA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Marina V. Chavez is a doctoral candidate in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation is focused on exploring the gendered and sexual politics and potentials of Chicana/o/x-Latina/o/x Mexican folkloric dance, or folklórico, in the context of the neoliberal multiculturalist university, specifically, and within the cultural-racial politics of the United States, more broadly.


GSA Excellence in Teaching Award nominee - 2021

Ford Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention - 2020

Ford Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention - 2019

CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Fellow - 2019

Chicana & Chicano Studies Departmental Grant - 2018

Chicano Studies Institute Research Grant - 2017

Chicana & Chicano Studies Departmental Grant - 2016

Chicana & Chicano Studies Departmental Grant - 2015

Chicano Studies Institute Fellow - 2013

Dean's Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara - 2013



“Transgressing Gender and Sexuality Roles in Mexican Folkloric Dance: Disidentification in Raíces de mi Tierra’s 2013 Performance of ‘La Mújer de Colores,’” published in the Spring 2020 issue of the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal.


“An Ethnographic Mapping of Desires and Dreams: Young Girls in Transnational Families.” Lilia Soto’s Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of MigrationChicana/Latina Studies Journal. Volume 18, issue 2: Spring 2019.



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

CH ST 1B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies- Gender (Lead TA)

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

CH ST 132: History of Chicanas/os/xs

CH ST 140: Chicana/o/x Culture and Mexican Cultural Heritage - Associate

CH ST 148. Chicana Art and Feminism

CH ST 151: De-Colonizing Feminism

CH ST 154: Gender and Sexuality in the Americas

CH ST 167: Chicana Feminisms

“Introduction to Chican@ Studies” with American Ethnic Studies Chair Dr. Thomas Carrasco for SBCC PEAC-iPATH