2023-2024 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows
Gabriela G. Corona Valencia
Dr. Gabriela G. Corona Valencia received her Ph.D. in Education, specializing in race, ethnic, and cultural studies from the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research explores the bridge between 20th-century eugenic policy in the American Southwest and the contemporary sex education discourse disseminated to Chicana/Latina girls in K-12 public schools in East Los Angeles. In addition to her interests in histories of public health and medicine in education, she also uplifts the criticality of engaging with pedagogies of pleasure and desire when building liberatory realities for women and girls of color. She is excited to add a strand to her research mission, which includes the archival mining of state records and an in-depth analysis of 1980s immigration policies that targeted the reproductive experiences of Central American women and girls who sought refuge in the U.S. after escaping the violence of the Salvadoran Civil War. Dr. Corona Valencia is also co-leading the direction and production of a radiophonic historical series, American History EugeniX, a digital media project dedicated to the art of counterstorytelling to bring justice to victims of eugenic violence.
Dr. Corona Valencia will teach LLS 235: Race and the Politics of Reproduction in Spring 2024.
Dr. Camila Gavin-Bravo received her PhD in Ethnic Studies with a specialization in Critical Gender Studies from UC San Diego. Her research examines the U.S.-based movement in solidarity with Chile against the Pinochet regime (1973-1990). Using archives, interviews, and cultural analysis, she argues that opposition to the regime was rooted in support for the leftist presidency of Salvador Allende and the robust and creative workers' movement that supported him. Dr. Gavin-Bravo suggests that U.S.-based Latinx radical politics were shaped by the Allende era, particularly as activists debated “socialism Chilean style,” or socialism through the ballot box, and considered the nature of U.S. imperialism, in particular how it affects women. As a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate, she will work on her book manuscript entitled The Latinx Radical Imaginary and Chile: Transnational Feminisms, Chilean Exile, and Culture. Dr. Gavin-Bravo’s recent Latino Studies article is based on her second project and explores how second-generation Chilean exiles use hip hop to maintain a connection to the Allende era. Her research has also earned support from the ACLS.
Dr. Gavin-Bravo will teach LLS 220: Latina/o Migration in Spring 2024.