2013 Graduate Students

RSimmons Portrait

Rosanna Simons


7387 Bunche


B.A. in English, Palm Beach Atlantic University                       

M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University 

Biography and Interests

Rosanna Simons is a poeta, translator, and radical scholar from the warm waters of Miami. She is currently making her home in los ángeles, as a PhD student at UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. Rosanna's background as an activist and interpreter in Central America influenced the direction of her current academic and creative work, where Rosanna explores the political potential of performance and imagination within the (im)migrant rights movement to relocate the site of the creation and transmission of knowledge to the body and enact resistance to oppressive regimes of documentation. In her research, rosanna engages ideas about performance & embodiment, queer temporality, archiving & documentation, and nationalism, citizenship & migrant subjectivities.

Rosanna’s intention is to practice disidentificatory and decolonial methodologies, working from within and through the institution of the university to challenge and transform neoliberal models of knowledge production that value individualism and the ownership of ideas, by engaging in research and pedagogy that is coalitional, collaborative, and community-centered.

Rosanna is co-creator and co-editor of Bozalta, an online interactive archive that aims to cultivate conversation across disciplines, from within, beyond, and between the traditionally disjointed spheres of academia, arts, and activism. rosanna’s other publications include a paper entitled “Translated, Translator”, in Multilingual Identities: Translators and Interpreters as Cross-Cultural Migrants, March 2013; a work of short fiction entitled “Number 22”, in Anamesa, an Interdisciplinary Journal, fall 2011; and translations of poems by Wingston González entitled “Retrato con Madona, santos y granero”, “Vida de parque”, and “Escribi a la iglecia de filadelfia (De frente a la estatua de Colon en Livingstone)”, in Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra, March 2013.

Chantiri Duran Resendiz


7387 Bunche


B.A. Development Studies: Discipline: Economics, Geographical Concentration in Latin America. University of California, Berkeley 

Biography and Interests

Chantiri was born in Queretaro, Mexico and raised in Santa Barbara, California.

She is a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow and Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award Recipient. At UC Berkeley, she engaged with different quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of migration, diaspora and displacement of Latin Americans across Europe and the United States. Her activist and academic work has focused closely in supporting the struggle for emotional and economic wellbeing of undocumented youth, low-income immigrant and refugee communities in California.

As a member of the second cohort in Chicano and Chicana Studies, Chantiri plans to continue conducting research with the active participation and collaboration of undocumented youth. She is interested in understanding the relationship between illnesses, marginalization and political mobilization in the context of undocumented youth in the U.S.

Her research interests also include: refugee and transnational migrant narratives; the production of migrant illegality, state violence and neuroses.