Undergraduate Fellows

McNair scholars supervised

The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program is a two-year research-based intensive program that prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to apply to and excel in the best graduate school programs in the country.  McNair students are low income, first generation students who are also members of groups underrepresented in graduate education.  The program particularly attracts young scholars who are committed to social change and who use scholarship and research as a means to achieve social justice.

  • Miriam Santana (2019)
  • Miriam Juarez (2017)
  • Nery Alcivar (2014)
  • Ismael Ramirez (2014)

Mellon-Mays scholars supervised

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year program designed for outstanding students in Mellon-designated humanities, arts, and social science fields who intend to pursue a PhD and a career in academia. Mellon Mays Fellows work closely with faculty advisers and graduate mentors to design and carry out an independent research project. They are encouraged to complete an honors thesis in their home departments, where available.

  • Andrea Ferraro (2018)
  • Jekara Govan (2017)
  • Yvette Martinez (2010)

Research Rookies supervised

The purpose of the Research Rookies program is to foster interest in research and demystify the research process within the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.  Research Rookies are AAP members in their sophomore year.  They pursue a research project under the guidance of two graduate mentors and a faculty sponsor for academic credit; they also attend workshops and information sessions that expose them to research opportunities and provide information about graduate school.

  • Nestor Guerrero (2018)

Honors Theses Students

Jhemari Quintana (2019) “Chicana Punk Memoirs and Performances of Sublime Abjection: A Means to Reject Neoliberal Multiculturalism”

Claire Fieldman (2019) “The Great Soup of Being: Autotheory & Intersectionality in Cherríe Moraga’s Loving in the War Years and Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts

Jekara Govan (2018) “We Are Witches: Octavia E. Butler, Princess Nokia, and the Afro-Fem Future”

Mary Hoff (2018) “Analyzing Binaries in Hector Tobar’s Novel The Barbarian Nurseries

Jocelyn Martinez (2017) “Queer Resistance in Latin America: Deconstructing Postcolonial Social Norms through Queer Bodies and Erotic Desires in Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien and Maurice Escheverria’s Labios

Miriam Juarez (2017) “Affective Bodies: Remapping Language and the Chicana Subject in the Work of Myriam Gurba”

Jazmynn Vasquez (Honors, 2015) “Letters from a Black Hole” [creative]

Fanny Garcia (2015) “Guate-Angeleno: An Exploration of a Transisthmian Category of Identity in Héctor Tobar’s the Tattooed Soldier and Translation Nation

Gloria Gallardo (2015) “Contemporary Chicano Novels and the Politics of Place: Re-Forming Spaces of Resistance and Representation”

Jeanelle Horcasitas (2013) “The Mexican Immigrant Experience in History, Nanotexts, and Nodes”

Janet Garcia (2013) “The Politics Behind the Mexican Body. An Archive of History:  An Analysis of Alejandro Morales’ The Rag Doll Plagues”