Cecilia M. Rivas

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentLatin American & Latino Studies,
Merrill College
AffiliationsFeminist Studies Department,
Anthropology Department,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Phone831-459-1959
Email
FAX831-459-3125
OfficeMerrill Academic Building #31
Office HoursWinter 2017: Wednesday, 12 noon-1:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended.
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Cecilia M. Rivas

Research Interests

Media and communication; transnationalism and migration; globalization; race and ethnicity; consumer cultures; modernity; El Salvador; Central America; Southern Mexico.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego (USA)
M.A. Area Studies (Latin America), ILAS, University of London (UK)

Selected Publications


  • "Beyond Borders and Remittances: Discussing Salvadoran Emigrant Voting Rights," Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development (UAS). Special issue: Salvadoran Migration to the United States. Vol. 39, No. 1-2 (2010): 149-174.

  • Salvadoran Imaginaries: Mediated Identities and Cultures of Consumption. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

  • "'El Salvador Works': The Creation and Negotiation of a National Brand and the Transnational Imaginary," in Borders in Service: Enactments of Nationhood in Transnational Call Centers. Kiran Mirchandani and Winifred R. Poster, Editors. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Teaching Interests

Professor Rivas teaches in the areas of national identity, nationalism, media, consumer cultures, and modernity. Some of her courses focus specifically on contemporary Central American societies.

Courses Taught

LALS 194R VIOLENCIA EN AMERICA (SENIOR SEMINAR)
LALS 80J RACE, NATION, WAR
LALS 80X CENTRAL AMERICAN PEOPLES AND CULTURES
LALS 122 MEDIA AND NATIONALISM
LALS 152 CONSUMER CULTURES
LALS 202 LATIN/O AMERICAN SPACES AND MODERNITY (GRADUATE)