Marcia Ochoa

TitleAssociate Professor,
Chair of Feminist Studies
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentFeminist Studies Department,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
AffiliationsAnthropology Department,
Latin American & Latino Studies,
Film and Digital Media Department
Phone831-459-4324 (Chair's Office),
831-459-4356 (Research Office)
OfficeHumanities 1 315 (Chair's Office),
Humanities 1 342 (Research Office)
Office HoursWednesdays 2-4pm
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA
Marcia Ochoa

Research Interests

Transgender studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, multimedia production, Latin American studies - Colombia and Venezuela, citizenship and social participation, Social Documentation, colonial historiography.

Biography, Education and Training

I'm an anthropologist specialized in the ethnography of media. My first book is on the accomplishment of femininity among beauty pageant contestants (misses) and transgender women (transformistas) in Venezuela.

My work focuses on the role of the imaginary in the survival of queer and transgender people in Latin America, and the place of these subjects in the nation.

I work with El/La Para TransLatinas in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA to develop programming and social justice work that promote transgender Latina participation and reflects the style and grace of translatina survival.

I am co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

SOCD/DANM 204: Ways of Seeing and Hearing
FMST 150: Mediating Desire: Race, Gender and Representation (formerly CMMU 152)
FMST 175: Genders & Sexualities in Latin/o Americas (FMST 175/CMMU 185)
SOCD 208: Soc Sci Research
FMST 41: trans|gender|bodies (formerly FMST 80M)
FMST 100: Feminist Theories
FMST 194Q: Queer Diasporas
FMST 194T: Transgender Studies