Gabriela Rodriguez – Gomez

Gabriela Rodriguez-Gomez

Gabriela Rodriguez – Gomez

Graduate Student

Cohort 2016-17

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall


Curriculum Vitae


Gabriela Rodriguez-Gomez is a Ph.D. candidate in Chicana/o/x Studies and Central American Studies specializing in the history of the Chicana/o art and mural movement in the United States (U.S.) since the mid 1960s. She holds a B.A. in Art and History of Art and Visual Culture from UCSC, an M.A. in Art History from UCR, and an M.A. in Chicana/o/x Studies from UCLA specializing in the Chicana/o mural movement. Her M.A. thesis and dissertation chair is Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black, who were awarded the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship in 2018 by UCLA Graduate Division to complete her Master’s Thesis titled, Chican@ Time Warp: The Enduring Legacies of Chicano Muralism Displayed in Guillermo “Yermo” Aranda’s and Los Toltecas en Aztlán’s Mural La Dualidad (The Duality) in 2019. As a PhD candidate Gabriela continues to investigate the history of Chicana/o muralism to discuss the transnational or hemispheric exchanges and influences between generations of U.S and Mexican muralists. Her dissertation examines the importance of Chicana/x and Latina/x muralists since the beginning of the Chicano art movement in the mid 1960s to today.


Gabriela is also co-editor and treasurer of the online journal bozalta: arts, activism, and scholarship. She has co-organized writing workshops and designed the banner art for the fourth edition titled Still We Rise: Joy and the Political Imagination in 2020 (


  • CPhil, Chicana/o Studies, 2019, UCLA
  • MA, Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2019, UCLA
  • MA, Art History, 2012, UC Riverside
  • BA, History of Art, Visual Culture & Art, 2008, University of California Santa Cruz


  • Chicana/o murals
  • Chicana/o Art
  • Mexican murals
  • Chicana/x feminist theory
  • Transnational studies
  • U.S. Central American Art

Selected Publications

  • Introduction to CALIFAS: The Ancestral Journey / El Viaje Ancestral: Yermo Aranda, Eduardo Carrillo, Ralph D’Oliveira, Carmen Léon, and Amalia Mesa-Bains, Santa Cruz: Moving Parts Press and Museo Eduardo Carrillo, 2020.
  • Review of Holly Barnet-Sanchez and Tim Drescher, Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East LA Murals (University of New Mexico Press, 2016), Aztlán Journal of Chicano Studies 43:1 (Spring 2018), 267-271.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Summer Mentorship Fellow, 2017 and 2018
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Fellow, 2018
  • Institute of American Cultures Fellow, Chicano Studies Research Center, 2018


Teaching Associate

  • Chicano Studies 113: Day of the Dead
  • Chicano Studies 10A: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies

Teaching Assistant

  • Chicano Studies 10A: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicano Studies 10B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicano Studies 101: Theory in Chicana/o Studies
  • Art History 22: Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Art History 25: Museum Studies
  • Art History 31: Art of India and Southeast Asia