alana de hinojosa
Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles — in progress
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies
Bachelor of the Arts, Hampshire College
Amherst, MA – class of 2015
Concentration: U.S. Immigration History, Latinx Cultural Studies, Journalism, & Creative Writing
Gemini with Virgo rising, sun in Gemini, & moon in Cancer
UCLA Undergrads of Color Creative Writing Workshop (present)
Workshop Facilitator & Co-Organizer
Workshop Mission Statement: As people of color writers within the academy, we are too often discouraged from writing creatively and telling our stories because we are told that to do so is self-indulgent and does not produce scholarly work. Not only do we strongly disagree, but we understand this as yet another method to silence marginalized voices. As folxs of color, telling our stories is both politically and personally transformative. Because we believe in the power of storytelling, creativity, and art to envision change, we are countering the academy’s silencing efforts by creating and facilitating a thoughtful space where UCLA graduate and undergraduate students of color can write, collaborate, and share their stories and along the way begin building community. We are excited to support undergrads of color at UCLA.
the bozalta collective (present)
bozalta is an online publication based out of UCLA’s Chicana/o Studies Department that brings artists, activists, and scholars together in a collaborative space where anti-colonial ways of knowing and innovative forms of knowledge production are shared as image, sound, and text. “#bozalta4BlackLives” is the 2nd edition of bozalta.
Cubanabooks Press (Summer 2015)
Working alongside Cubanabooks founder and editor-in-chief Dr. Sara E. Cooper, I managed the press’ Twitter and MailChimp newsletter accounts, contributed to and suggested literature selections, proofread in-progress Spanish-to-English translations, read each book published, and helped Professor Cooper with any additional tasks related to the independent press.
Hampshire College Art Journal, The Reader (Spring 2013-May 2015)
Poetry & Prose Editor, Event Coordinator
Working in a team of three, read and selected all journal submissions. Managed and designed poetry and prose section of journal.
Managed and planed The Reader release party. Organized and scheduled location, food, entertainment, public relations and event-related technology.
PopDev’s Student Political Blog, The Black Sheep Journal (Fall 2013-Fall 2014)
Wrote a number of politically charged blogs, most of which grappled with issues of race and Latinidad. Assisted fellow writers with editing.
The Nation (Summer 2014)
Completed extensive research for editors, reporters and bloggers. Fact checked to-be published magazine articles, online stories and blog posts. Uploaded stories to the Nation website. Completed weekly receptionist duties and occasional errands for editors. (35+hours/week)
AlterNet (Summer of 2013)
Managed AlterNet’s “Immigration” section by adding relevant and important immigration articles, compiling and sending the weekly immigration newsletter, and writing and reporting on immigration stories for the page. Contributed to AlterNet’s blog SpeakEasy each week. Completed article research for coworkers. Managed book excerpts for immigration related books. Helped add and edit stories to the AlterNet website according to instructions from editors.
Teaching Assistance (present)
University of California, Los Angeles
Teaching assistance to intro-level courses in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.
Student Ambassador & Visiting Cuban Scholar Assistant (Sept. – May ‘14)
Global Education Office – Hampshire College
Performed as the office secretary – answering the office’s main phone line, scheduling appointments, and performing peer advising for prospective study aboard students. As the Cuban Scholar Assistant I worked closely with Cuban novelist & essayist Mirta Yáñez as her assistant and guide to the Hampshire College campus during the months of September, October and November.
Housing Administration Office Secretary (Fall 2013)
Housing Operations Office — Hampshire College
Performed as the office secretary – answering the office’s main phone line, running errands for office employees, making photo copies, advertising, assisting in evaluating of student dorm rooms before & after, etc.
Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship — Ford Foundation (Awarded Spring 2017)
Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship — UCLA (Awarded Spring 2017)
Graduate Dean Scholar’s Award — UCLA (Awarded Fall 2015)
Vanguard Youth Social Justice Award, awarded by Yolo Judicial Watch (November 2011)
Pope Foundation & Joshua Reck Grant
Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education, Hampshire College
Awarded Spring 2015 to support the Division III project, Rivers Inside Her Name: Stories of Loss, Separation & Bordered Love.
Sander Thoenes Division III Research Grant
Awarded Spring 2015 to support the Division III project, Rivers Inside Her Name: Stories of Loss, Separation & Bordered Love. Click HERE to read the award announcement.
David Smith Division III Grant in American Studies
David Smith Endowment Fund Committee, Hampshire College
Awarded Fall 2014, to support the Division III project, Rivers Inside Her Name: Stories of Loss, Separation & Bordered Love.
Michael L. Plenty Division III Political Culture Grant
Awarded Fall 2014 to support the Division III project, Rivers Inside Her Name: Stories of Loss, Separation & Bordered Love.
Review of The Red Sea: In Search of Lost Space by Alex Wicks, AAG Review of Books (Winter 2017)
WriteGirl in Los Angeles, California (present)
Writer’s Den Off-Campus Mentorship Program @ University of California, Los Angeles (present)
Immigrant Solidarity Network @ Hampshire College (Fall 2013 – May 2015)
Holyoke’s Nuestras Raices Newsletter & Facility Volunteer (January 2013 – May 2013)
MIRA Coalition in Boston, Massachusetts (Fall 2013)
Davis Migrant Children Center Volunteer (Summer 2010)
Yolo County Woodland Human Resources (June 2009 – August 2009)