Marlené Mercado

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Position Title
CST PhD Student


Bio

research interests: prison abolition studies, Chicanx literature, culture, and politics, Critical race and ethnic studies, Latinx critical theory, LGBTQIA and queer of color studies, Chicanx/Latinx decolonial feminisms, written and oral narratives, social justice, queer theory

fellowships, grants, etc

  • Mellon Public Scholars Fellowship (2019) 
  • Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism Summer Fellowship (2018)
  • Women's Resources and Research Center Summer Graduate Research Award (2018)
  • Hemispheric Institute of the Americas Summer Field Research Award (2018)
  • Summer Research Fellowship from the Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies (2018)
  • IRT Undergraduate Fellowship (2017-18)

degrees:

  • B.A., with Honors, Department of English LiteratureWestminster College, April 2016, Specialization: Literary Criticism
    • Honors Thesis: “‘It’s Just Me Against the World’: Minority Identity and Resistance in Chicana Prison Narratives”

published, presentations:

  • “Envisioning Abolition through Coalition: Xicanx/Latinx, Black, and Indigenous Voices on Carcerality.” ASC Conference, Criminology in the New Era: Confronting Injustice and Inequalities. San Francisco, CA. November 2019. 
  • “Organizing Belonging in California: Stories of Incarceration, Immigration, and Music-Making by Mellon Public Scholars at UC Davis.” Imagining America 20th Anniversary National Gathering, “Mighty Dreams: Designing and Fostering Belonging in ‘America.”’ Albuquerque, NM. October 2019. 
  • “Femme Technologies as Tools of Subversion and Resistance within Mexican (Im)migrant Womxn Digital Narratives.” De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice. Kingston, Ontario. May 2019. 
  • “Femme Technologies as Tools of Subversion and Resistance within Mexican (Im)migrant Womxn Digital Narratives.” Convivencia y Resistencia: Fronterizas for Social Justice: University of Texas, El Paso. El Paso, TX. August 2018.
  • "Muxeres Juntas, Ya No Difuntas” : Femme Technologies as Tools of Subversion and Resistance within Mexican (Im)migrant Femme Digital Narratives." Womxn/ Non-Binary People of Color Scholars Inclusion Conference. Davis, CA. May 2018.
  • “Pedagogies of Dissent: Teaching for Social Justice in the Carceral State.” Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference. Spokane, WA. February 2018.
  • “Humanizing Deportation - Stories from the Ground.” Presentation at Centro Cultural de Tijuana.Tijuana Baja California, Mexico. February 2018.
  • "Humanizing Deportation - Stories from the Ground.” Presentation at Verge Center for the Arts. Sacramento, CA. December 2017.
  • Organized Panel at Westminster College titled: “Disrupting the U.S. Master Narrative of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants in the 21st Century”
  • “‘It’s Just Me Against the World’”: Minority Identity and Resistance in Chicana Prison Narratives,” Westminster Undergraduate Research Fair Presentation April 2016
  • “‘It’s Just Me Against the World’”: Minority Identity and Resistance in Chicana Prison Narratives,” The Myriad (2016).
  • Gertrude, Sexuality, and Shakespeare,” The Myriad (2015).

training development & speaking engagements

  • Workshop Attendee, Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing
    • Napa, CA 2017 
    • Tucson, AZ 2018
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  • Workshop Facilitator, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee  “The Importance of Writing to People Behind Bars.” 
    • Sacramento, CA 2019