Alana de Hinojosa

Alana de Hinojosa

Alana de Hinojosa

Graduate Student

Cohort 2015-16

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall



Alana is a PhD candidate in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA.  Her research is concerned with histories of displacement, diaspora, loss, return, and what these sometimes have to do with rivers—particularly the Río Grande. In her dissertation on the Chamizal Land Dispute, she broadly asks: How might the meandering Rio Grande both demonstrate and assist us in re-imagining alternative and more just geographies? Alana is also pursuing UCLA graduate certificates in American Indian Studies and Critical Writing Pedagogy. In the latter, she has received training in English as Second Language (ESL) and community-engaged learning pedagogies. Alana is also a poet and co-founder of UCLA’s Bruins of Color Creative Writing Workshop—the first UCLA creative writing workshop for undergraduates, graduates, and staff of color. Over the last four years, more than 50 Bruins of color have been members of this workshop. Alana is also an alum of Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Macondo Writers Workshop. Her poetry has been published in Huizache, Duende, The Normal School, The Acentos Review, Kweli Journal, The Florida Review’s Latinx special feature issue, among others. In 2017, she received 2nd prize in Blue Mesa Review’s Summer Poetry Contest judged by Safina Sinclair. Alana is an 2015 alum of Hampshire College where she studied creative writing and Latina/o cultural studies. At UCLA, she has been a recipient of the IUPLR-Mellon Latina/o Studies Fellowship, the Shirley Hune Inter-Ethnic/Inter-Racial Studies Award from UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center, the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, UCLA’s Gold Shield Alumni Fellowship, grants from the Institute of American Cultures, and the Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award. Her dissertation committee consists of Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Co-Chair), Genevieve Carpio (Co-Chair), Sherene Razack, and Harryette Mullen.


  • B.A., Latina/o Cultural Studies & Creative Writing; Hampshire College
  • M.A., Chicana/o Studies; University of California, Los Angeles


  • Chamizal Land Dispute and Treaty
  • Borderlands History
  • Latinx Geographies
  • Displacement, Dispossession
  • Identity, Belonging
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Place-making practices
  • Land
  • Whiteness & Property
  • Oral Histories, Archival Research, Arts-based Inquiries; Qualitative Methods

Selected Publications

Poetry/Prose Publications

  • “Sombras nada más.” Special Latinx Feature in The Florida Review 42.2 (2018): 35-36.
  • “Playa de los muertos.” The Normal School 11.2 (2018): 62.
  • “Prayer after demolition.” The Normal School 11.2 (2018): 64.
  • “Prayer after demolition in an unrecognized village,” The Acentos Review (2018):
  • “24, next june.” Kweli Journal (2017):
  • “How to speak.” Duende (2017):
  • “Even now.” Track//Four (2017):–even-now.html
  • “Preguntas y frases para una nieta America.” Huizache (2017).
  • “Marcela.” Cutbank Literary Journal (2016).
  • “Liz.” The Tishman Review (2016).

Academic Publications

  • “Review of Alex Wick’s The Red Sea: In Search of Lost Space.” The AAG Review of Books 5(1) 2017: 10-12

Honors & Awards

  • Shirley Hune Inter-Ethnic/Inter-Racial Studies Award (2020-21)
  • IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellows Program (2020-21)
  • The Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship from the Western Association of Women Historians (2020)
  • Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA Fellowship (2019-20)
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2017-20)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2018)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship (2017-18)
  • Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award (2015)