Marlén Ríos-Hernández

Marlén Ríos-Hernández

Marlén Ríos-Hernández

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Scholar

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies



Dr. Marlen Ríos-Hernández is a 2019-2021 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation “We Were There”: From Alice Bag to Emos The War on Punk and Other Décadas Podridas is a full length hemispheric comparative study of queer Chicana and Latina participants in the Los Angeles/Southern California and Latin American punk scenes from 1977-2001 respectively. Her book project will focus on early policing in SoCal punk “Post”-COINTELPRO. Marlen discovered punk amidst the student walk-outs during the early 2000s in Southeast LA namely in the South Gate punk scene. Home to the famous Allen Theater and Cafe Kashmir, the South Gate scene gave her some of her earliest memories interviewing with punk fans, bands, and artists. To this day, she dedicates her ganas, research, and community work to the punk scenes that nurtured her throughout her youth. Born in Huntington Park, California to Mexican immigrants she identifies as a queer Chicana and currently resides with her partner in Long Beach. She is also a founding member of UC Riverside’s PunkCon–– a biannual conference at UCR celebrating punk scholars, activists, organizers, artists, musicians, and community members.


  • Ph.D./M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside
  • B.A. in Musicology and Women’s Studies from UCLA


Chicanx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Queer of Color Critique, Afro/Latina and Afro/Chicana Punkera Oral Testimonio, Critical Ethnographies, Sound Studies, Punk Film, Hemispheric Punk Movements and Policing “Post”-COINTELPRO, Feminist Musicology, Women of Color Feminisms, Punk Pedagogy and Archival Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Rios-Hernandez, Marlen, “Post-COINTELPRO Punk in L.A. and the Elks Lodge Police Riot.” (Aztán: a Journal of Chicano Studies, Under review).
  • Rios-Hernandez, Marlen, “‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!”: A Queer Chicana (re)covery of the Pogo and the Story of How Punk Became White” (eds) Gina Arnold and George McKay. The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock (New York: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).
  • Rios-Hernandez, Marlen, “Review of Vivien Goldman’s Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot (Journal for Popular Music Studies, Forthcoming).
  • Rios-Hernandez, Marlen, “‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!’: Chicana Hollywood Punks Negotiate ‘h/home’ After Hardcore Takes L.A.” (S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017).
  • Rios-Hernandez, Marlen, “If La Llorona Was a Punk Rocker: Detonguing The Off-Key Caos and Screams of Alice Bag.” (S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017).

Honors & Awards

  • UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019-2021
  • Association of American University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship 2018-2019
  • UC Riverside Dissertation Quarter Fellowship 2018
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (Alternate) 2018
  • UC Riverside Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship 2013-2017
  • UC Riverside César E. Chávez Scholarship 2016
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Alternate) 2015-2016
  • UC Riverside Chicano Education and Cultural Fund Scholarship 2013-2014