Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Fall 2019 - Thursdays 2:00 to 3:00pm and by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • B.S. University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. San Diego State University, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Chicana Dissertation Fellow


Maricela DeMirjyn is an Assistant 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. She has been an active member is 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, Maricela is a consultant for the CA7AE: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project and co-Chairs the Northside Aztlan Community Center Advisory Board in Fort Collins.

RESEARCH: Life histories and visual narrative analysis, Chicana/Latina epistemologies and praxis within the University, and Intersectional and queer studies.

TEACHING: ETST 537 Critical Disability Studies, ETST 535 Chicana Feminism: Theory and Form, ETST 502 Research Methods, ETST 454/SPCM 454 Chicana/o Film and Video, ETST 430 Latina/o Creative Expression, ETST 413 Queer Creative Expressions, ETST 300 Queer Studies and Women of Color, ETST 254 La Chicana in Society, ETST 205 Ethnicity and the Media


Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

DeMirjyn, M. (2012). Chicana/Latina undergraduate capital: surviving and thriving in higher edcuation. Ethnic Studies Review,33(2), 1-23.

DeMirjyn, M. (2011). The queer filiming of Frida: creating a cinematic latina lesbian icon. Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques,23(1), 11-22.

DeMirjyn, M. (2011). The voicing of Chicana/Latina ethnicity, emotion and equity in higher education. Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, 13(1), 75-90.

DeMirjyn, M. (2009). Las Madonnas Morenas: feminist narratives of cultural and sexual spirituality, Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, 21(1), 23-37.