PhD. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA, 2019
M.A. Spanish, CSU Long Beach, 2014
B.A. Spanish; Chicano/Latino Studies, CSU Long Beach, 2010
Maricela Becerra (pronouns she, her, and ella) is a first-generation student and immigrant. She graduated from the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese in 2019 with a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. She joined the Spanish program at CSUCI in 2020 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Becerra focuses in contemporary Mexican literature, Latin American cultures, and Spanish. She is passionate about incorporating digital humanities into her classes and research. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Becerra received an M.A. in Spanish Literature and a B.A. in Spanish Literature, Chicano/Latino Studies, and Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Becerra's research analyzes State violence, social movements, and memory in Latin America. Her doctoral dissertation, “2 de octubre, no se olvida”: La (post)memoria de Tlatelolco 68” examines contemporary representations of the Tlatelolco student massacre. Dr. Becerra's current projects analyze social media as an organizing tool in the contemporary feminist uprising in Mexico, and the Mexican productions by Netflix.
When she is not teaching or researching, Dr. Becerra enjoys finding good tacos and watching movies with her family. She is an advocate for parenting & caregiving students and has been sharing her experiences as an academic mami since 2016.
Representative Courses Taught
- SPAN 462 Modern Mexican Literature
- SPAN 430 Her story: Women Writers of the Spanish-speaking world
Mexico, Feminism, Literature, Film, Digital Humanities