Rosa Maldonado

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2023-2024
Mexican American Studies (PHD)
Portrait of Rosa Maldonado
she, her, hers

Rosa is a doctoral student in the Mexican American Studies program. She holds an M.A. in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who researches and writes about the experiences of indigenous and Latina migrant women workers in the U.S. agricultural industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, she is documenting their critical counterstories to highlight the continuous systemic invisibilization of these women in the public consciousness and the types of survival mechanisms they have devised to access basic human rights. She is engaging with frameworks and methodologies in Critical Ethnic Studies, Medical Anthropology, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to situate her work within Latinx Studies, indigenous environmental justice, and critical food studies.  

Rosa is also a proud parenting student. She hopes to continue to engage in scholar-activist work within higher education that disrupts the “traditional student” archetype to make education equitable for all.