Faculty Q & A with Magalí Rabasa
August 16, 2016
- Copyright, Steve Hambuchen
PhD (2014) in Cultural Studies with Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research, University of California, Davis; BA (2004) in Spanish & International Studies, University of Oregon.
Research and Teaching Interests
Latina/o and Latin American cultural studies; postcolonial and subaltern studies; transnational feminist theory; social movements; alternative media.
What most excites you about joining the L&C community?
I’m really thrilled to be a part of a campus community that has such a strong international perspective, as well as a pronounced commitment to questions of social justice. I’m especially excited to be joining L&C at this particular moment because of the current conversations happening on campus (and across the country) and the related initiatives that the college is putting forth. I’m also really excited to be back in Oregon, after more than ten years away!
Describe the current trajectory of your scholarly research.
My research is focused on media production in current social movements in Latin America, with a particular focus on Mexico, Bolivia, and Argentina. I look at how alternative media (books, zines, digital media, music, video) contributes to the formation of transnational networks of activists and the exchange of ideas about alternatives to capitalism. I’m currently wrapping up a book project on underground publishing in Latin America, and I’m looking forward to developing my next project on alternative media markets in the region.
What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I love to be outside with my three-year-old daughter, whether it’s wandering around our neighborhood, exploring city parks, or hanging out by the river. I also dabble in media production—in Oakland I had a radio show with some friends, and now I’m part of a collective that’s launching a small book publishing project.
What were your childhood goals/aspirations?
Until I was about 16, I really wanted to be an actress and live in New York City. I don’t know exactly why that changed, but I think teaching is often a lot like acting, so I guess it makes sense that I ended up being a professor!
What are you listening to in your car right now?
A lot of public radio, trying to get a feel for our new city and community. That and a ton of rocking kid music!