Maria Chi-Chable (she/her) is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where she is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. She was born and raised in San Rafael, California and is a proud daughter of Maya immigrant parents. Maria graduated as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow from Wellesley College in 2023 with a B.A in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her undergraduate research located Jenni Rivera’s mariposa iconography and situated the Jenni drag queen community within a space of liberation, resistance, and radical world-building.
Her research interests include Indigenous Latinx cultural production, queer aesthetics, world-building, and visual studies.