Center of Mexican American Studies
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Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship Profile (2016–17)

Wanda Alarcón, PhD is a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Dr. Wanda Alarcón received her PhD in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from UC Berkeley. She has an MA degree in English & American Literature from Binghamton University and a BA in Music from CSU Long Beach. Her dissertation, “Sounding Aztlán: Music, Literature, and the Chicana/o Sonic Imaginary,” explores the question: What does Aztlán sound like? Her research interests include decolonial feminism, U.S. third world feminism, sound studies, popular music, and Chicana literature. She has published essays on music, race, and queerness in the sound studies blog, SoundingOut!

During her time at CMAS she presented two new talks: “Theorizing the Flashback: 80s Soundscapes in Chicana Literature” at the American Studies Association and “Tuning into Coalition, Sounding Decolonial Feminism” at the National Women’s Studies Association conferences. She is writing an article on the theater performance group Butchlalis de Panochtitlan for publication in the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature. In Spring 2017 she will teach the course, “La Chicana: Tuning Into Chicana Soundscapes” and she will give a public lecture on her research.


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