Paulina Ramirez Niembro

Graduate Student


Chicana Feminisms; Decolonial Feminisms; Migration Studies; Affect Theory; Latinx Performance Studies; Decolonial Theory; Race and ethnicity; Gender and sexuality


University of California, Santa Barbara 

Ph. D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies (Projected December 2021)

University of California, Santa Barbara 

Master of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Valedictorian; Area of concentration: Pscyhosocial and Cultural Processes

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), Buenos Aires, Argentina

2017 - Graduate Specialization: Epistemologies of the South

Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), Tijuana, México

2014 - Graduate Specialization: International Migration



Paulina Ramírez-Niembro is originally from Mexico City. She graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a BA in Social Psychology. She also received two graduate especialidades: “Especialidad en Migración Internacional” from del Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and “Especialidad en Epistemologías del Sur” from Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO). Paulina is a doctoral candidate in the Department and is working on a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies at UCSB. Her research centers on immigration, affect, and belonging. Her work analyzes how undocumented migrants utilize affective strategies to navigate belonging in the United States.


2021 - UCSB, Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship

2021 - UCMEXUS One-Time Exigency Funding Program

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

2020 - UCSB, CSI Dissertation Award

2015-2020 - CONACYT-UCMEXUS Doctoral Fellowship



Conference Papers

UCSB LAIS International Graduate Student Conference: Borders, Power, and Transgression

2020* - Disgust as Border: Anti-Immigrant Affect on Twitter

*This conference was delayed to 2021 due to the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic

V Coloquio Internacional de Latinos en los Estados Unidos

2019 - "I love us": Poesía desde y para las comunidades indocumentadas en Estados Unidos In the Panel “Continuidades, Contradicciones y Coyunturas: Hacia una Nueva Época en los Estudios Latinxs”. October 15-17

Latino Studies Association (LSA)

2018 - “I Don’t Wanna be Tragic no More”: #Undocujoy as Structure of Feeling In the Panel “Latinx Performance and World-Making: Feeling, Dancing, Hoeing and Gesturing as Transgressive Acts in the Face of U.S. Capitalism, Nation and Patriarchy”, Washington, DC. July 11-15

National Women Studies Association (NWSA)

2018 - In the Roundtable “Continuing a Critical Engagement with the Work of José Esteban Muñoz: Transgressive Utopias and Disidentifying Performances as Ephemeral World- Making”, Atlanta, GA, November 5-8

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Sutides (NACCS)

2017 - Stories from Chiapas: Neoliberalism, Resistance and Conocimiento In the Panel “Neoliberalism and the Fetishization of Avocados, Coffee, and the Chicana/o Body”, Irvine, CA. March 22-25

National Women Studies Association (NWSA)

2016 - “The Mestiza in the Colonial/Modern Gender System” In the Panel “Critical Conversations at the Intersection of Decoloniality, Mestizaje, and Chicana/Latina Feminisms”, Montréal, Canada. November 10-13

Research Experience

2018-2021 - Research Assistant

PI: Professor Erika Arenas, Department of Sociology, UCSB

Reviewed and synthesized literature on mental health, gender, and migration. Developed a hypothesis on understanding the intersection of mental health and return migration among Mexican women. Conducted qualitative phone interviews on mental health with Mexican immigrants and coded responses.

2017 - Research Assistant

PI: Professor Emiko Saldivar Tanaka, Department of Anthropology, UCSB

Reviewed and synthesized literature on Afrodescendants in Mexico. Wrote report on the analysis of the Mexican intercensus results. Planned a colloquium event to present on topic with UCSB Scholars and colleagues abroad.




2019-2021 Mentor in the Graduate Scholars Program at UCSB

2019-2020 Graduate Student Representative at the Committee on Diversity & Equity of the Academic Senate at UCSB

2018-2019 Vice President of Communications and Records at the Graduate Student Association of UCSB

2017-2019 Treasurer and Co-founder of the UCSB Latinx Graduate Association, Colectiva

2015, 2017 Interpreter, Isla Vista Elementary School Interpreters program, IV Elementary School, Goleta

2017 Graduate Student Teaching Fellow, School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) academic preparation program, University of California, Santa Barbara


In Progress: “I Don’t Wanna be Tragic No More”: UndocuJoy, Transgressive Affect and Decolonial Love

In Progress: SWAPA publication with Prof. Chela Sandoval and Aracely García

2015 - Marshall, E.A., Coverdale, J., Roche, P.L., Lychowyd, L., Ramirez Niembro, P., Delaronde, L., & Cumming, J. Aboriginal child & youth mental health –Practitioners’ experiences of effective cultural support and treatment. Report for the Ministry of Children and Family Development Shared Research Agenda Initiative. Victoria, BC: Centre for Youth & Society. Available in

2012 - Ramírez Niembro, P. et al. Diferencias entre el estereotipo y el autoconcepto del mexicano. In R. Díaz Loving, S. Rivera Aragón, & I. Reyes Lagunes (Eds.). Aportaciones actuales a la Psicología Social. Volumen I. Monterrey: UANL.


Instructor of Record, Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCSB

2018 Chicana/o Studies - Global Migration and Transnationalism in Latinx Experience

Teaching Assistant, Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCSB

2017-2021 DeColonizing Feminism (4 Quarters) - Prof. Chela Sandoval

2018 Language, Power, and Learning - Prof. D. Inés Casillas

2016 Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: History - Prof. Mario García

2016 Introducation to Chicana/o Studies: Culture - Prof. D. Inés Casillas

2016 Introducation to Chicana/o Studies: Gender - Prof. Miroslava Chávez-García

Teaching Fellow, SKILLS Fellowship Program: Research Seminar

2017 Adelante Charter School, Anthropology 104: Language and Society