Angélica Becerra

Angélica Becerra

Graduate Student

Cohort 2012-13

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall

Email: abecerra5@g.ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, Angélica Becerra immigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was ten years old, and this bi-cultural heritage has shaped her academic pursuits. During her undergraduate career, she served as a student leader and helped establish her department’s first series of film screenings to showcase Latina/o issues.

A McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholar, Angélica’s article entitled “Now Playing: Redefining Representations of Masculinity and Mexican Identity in Sólo Con Tu Pareja (1991)” was published in the McNair Scholars Research Journal in Spring 2012.  She also participated in a number of academic conferences dealing with the themes of Mexican identity, gender relations within Chicana/o culture, and the connection between expressive arts and cultural iniquity. Through the Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship, she worked at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, where she helped prepare several forthcoming titles in the A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series for publication during Summer 2012.

Angélica plans to continue researching the ways in which Mexican cinematic representations converge with the pursuit of sociopolitical liberation, particularly through the struggle for gender equality. Her research interests include Film and Popular Culture, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies, Transnational Feminism, queer studies, and Cultural studies.

Education

  • CPhil, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA (2019)
  • Graduate Certificate, Urban Humanities, UCLA (2016)
  • MA, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA (2014)
  • BA, Chicana/o Studies, minor: Film and Electronic Media, CSU Long Beach (2012)

Research

  • Film and Popular Culture
  • Women’s
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Queer Studies
  • Cultural studies

Selected Publications

  • “The Art is the Movement: The Chicanx Political Poster and its Digital Turn.” To be submitted for publication to Latino Studies in Fall 2019.
  • Angélica Becerra, Jonathan Banfill & Jeannette Mundy “Learning the City: Developing new networks of understanding”, Boom: A Journal of California, 6 (3), 100-109, 2016.
  • “Jose Vasconcelos: The Prophet of Race by Illan Stavans”, Book Review, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 38 (1), 293-296, 2013.
  • “Journalistic Portrayals of Latinos and their Effects on Public Policy.” Dr. Otto Santa Ana and Angelica Becerra, The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience. ABC-CLIO, Web, 2013.

Honors & Awards

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship  (2018-19)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship (2014-15)

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 10A: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: History and Culture
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 10B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: Social Structures, Contemporary Conditions
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 102: Mexican Americans and the Schools
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 144: Women’s Movement in Latin America
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 150: Affirmative Action
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 188: Contemporary Chicanx Artivism in the U.S. [Own Course]
Graduate
  • Digital Humanities 250: Ethnographies, Urban Peripheries, and Contested Los Angeles