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Fernanda Cunha Rivera

queer theory, queer of color critique, feminist and gender studies, im/migration and citizenship

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Bio & Research Interests

Fernanda is a first-year doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies program. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, where she majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Journalism. Her undergraduate thesis used queer theory and queer of color critique to map temporal dissonances, abjection, and affects in experiences of immigration. Informed by her work on affect, queer theory, and temporality, Fernanda hopes to dedicate her time at UC Berkeley to understanding the potential (and limitations) of cultural attachments to disrupt the ongoing subjugation of present realities experienced by many immigrants in the United States today. She is particularly interested in the kinds of presents and futures imagined and made possible in queer Latinx immigrant communities.

Her creative non-fiction work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, The Rumpus, and Catapult. 


Juana María Rodríguez