Natalie Amador Solis

Natalie Amador Solis

Graduate Student

Cohort 2020-21

Email: natalieasolis@g.ucla.edu

Biography

Natalie Amador Solis examines transnational U.S. Latinx and Latin American decolonial aesthetics, migrations, and spiritualities. At the University of Southern California, she led multiple research projects revolving around innovative spiritual activisms, from Our Lady of Guadalupe murals in Boyle Heights as urban sacred sites against gentrification to online feminist cultural productions creating alternative religious communities, through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Honors Program, Natalie investigated street art as manifestations of sacred resistance in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. These research experiences motivated her to build bridges across borders via community-engaged scholarship.

As a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, she individually-designed her Master of Theological Studies concentration in Latinx and Latin American Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Natalie’s thesis, “LA—CDMX: Bridging Chicanx and Mexican Contemporary Art and Migration,” explores how artists subvert dehumanization and unite the mind-body-spirit by invoking spirituality as an aesthetic strategy. Her scholarship addresses the research gap on spiritualities and the religious dimensions of aesthetics and immigration in a hemispheric framework that challenges injustices against Latin(x) American communities.

Education

  • MTS, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Harvard Divinity School (2020)
  • BA, Religion with Honors, Minor in Latin American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, University of Southern California (2018)

Research

  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Migration Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Artistic Interconnections Between Mexico City and Los Angeles.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, 2019.
  • “Spiritual Activism in Latinx Young Adults: The Influence of Aesthetics and Social Media.” 2018 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, 2018.

Honors & Awards

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellowship (2020-2024)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Puerto Rico Winter Institute Travel Grant (2020)
  • Harvard Divinity School, Conference Travel Grant (2019)
  • Smithsonian Latino Center, Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow (2019)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Summer Research Travel Grant (2019)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Mexico City January Term Grant (2019)
  • Harvard University, Presidential Scholarship (2018-2020)
  • University of Southern California, Baccalaureate Student Speaker (2018)
  • University of Southern California, Dornsife Scholar for Undergraduate Achievement (2018)
  • University of Southern California, Phi Beta Kappa Society (2018)
  • University of Southern California, Louise Kerckhoff Prize for Paper in Gender Studies (2018)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program Merit Scholarship (2017)
  • University of Southern California, Carrie D. and C.J. Walker Endowed Scholarship in Religion (2016-2018)
  • University of Southern California, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (2016-2018)

Courses

Forthcoming