Historical/contemporary analysis of the contributions of women of color to queer studies; racialized sexual/gender identities; written and cultural works.
Maricela DeMirjyn is an associate professor in ethnic studies and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, as well as the Italian Studies Program and the Latin American Studies Program. In her scholarly work, Maricela is interested in intersectionality and identity construction, particularly as experienced by Chicana and Latina populations. She is a participant in the emergent discourse regarding visual narrative analysis within the contexts of social activism and marginalized communities.
Her most recent publication in this area is “Las Madonnas Morenas: Feminist Narratives of Cultural & Sexual Spirituality.” As an executive board member of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the President's Commission on Women and Gender Equity, her dedication to fields of inquiry supporting women and gender studies, as well as administrative leadership, is continual.
Maricela has been an active member in several national academic organizations, including the National Women's Studies Association, the National Association of Ethnic Studies, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the American Educational Research Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association. Her past work as a director and counselor in the respective fields of familial violence and addiction treatment has fostered her advocacy interests in leadership and issues concerning equity both within the University and local communities. Presently, she is a consultant for the CA7AE: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project and co-chairs the Northside Aztlan Community Center Advisory Board in Fort Collins.