Jessennya is a Brown Xicana PhD candidate from Southern California, first generation college/ grad student, and is in her 5th year in the Sociology Department with a minor in Gender and Women Studies. Her larger goals are to highlight alternative knowledge production, elevate queer BIPOC voices, and increase resources and access to higher education for black and brown communities through research, teaching, and mentorship.
Sexuality and Gender; Race/ Ethnicity; Urban Sociology; Latino/a Studies; Political Economy; Resistance; Women of Color Feminisms; Queer of Color Theory; Intersectional Feminism; and Transnationalism.
Her current dissertation research focuses on people of color, primarily working-class queer Latinx feminist communities, in greater LA and how they produce alternative forms of knowledge and counterspaces through artistic and creative practices.
MA Sociology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS Anthropology - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Graduate College Conference Travel Grant
Awards and Honors
Illinois Distinguished Fellowship