Graduate Directory

Adriana Maroto Vargas
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Faculty Wing, Crown 213
  • Office Hours Monday from 10:00 am to noon
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz California 95064

Research Interests

My research interests focus on a feminist analysis of the agency of women who participate in neo-Pentecostal churches in Costa Rica. The research seeks to understand how neo-pentecostal women both enact and resist neoconservative discourses in their daily lives. I take an approach to study politics from below as a strategy that helps to explain the success of those religious movements in Latin America. Specifically, I investigate the connections women make between social exclusion, poverty, and the doctrine of their neo-pentecostal churches and how they experience a sense of community in their religious participation. Feminist and Community Psychology approaches guide my fieldwork, including semi-structured interviews and focus groups with women actively participating in neo-Pentecostal churches in different communities nationwide. I also analyze religious discourses based on materials distributed by churches and evangelical media that women follow. My fieldwork does not have a community-based interaction with women as an ethical provision to avoid exposing them to conflicts with other members of their congregations, including their leaders. The results of this research contribute to understanding how neo-Pentecostal groups have articulated a strategy that has both transnational and local components to support their conjoin political and cultural project with neoliberalism and the everyday ways in which women navigate neoconservative and authoritarian discourses that have targeted their rights focusing on the narrative of the traditional family.

Biography, Education and Training

Academic Master in Sociology, University of Costa Rica, 2012

Licentiate's Degree in Psychology, University of Costa Rica, 2003

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Costa Rica, 2000 

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship, 2021-2022.
  • UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's fellowship, 2020-2021.
  •  International Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship 2020-2022.

Selected Publications

Publication from the last five years:

Maroto Vargas, A. (2021). La Familia en Disputa: el caso de Costa Rica, 2000-2019. Revista de Ciencias Sociales, (171), 37–55. 

Maroto-Vargas, A. & Carrillo-Valverde, D. (2021). Aprendizaje y retos de la acción social: sistematización de la experiencia de la Escuela de Psicología, Universidad de Costa Rica. Revista Universidad en Diálogo, 11(1) 103-133. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15359/udre.11-1.4

Maroto-Vargas, A., Molina-Fallas, L. & Prado-Calderón, J.E. (2017). Características sociodemográficas y motivos de consulta de las personas atendidas en el Centro de Atención Psicológica de la Universidad de Costa Rica (2004-2013). Revista Costarricense de Psicología. 36(1), 23-44. Available in http://rcps-cr.org/?p=2221

Castillo-Echeverría, C. & Maroto-Vargas, A. (2017). El suicidio desde un enfoque psicosocial y de salud comunitaria: los resultados del diagnóstico en Santa María de Dota, San José Costa Rica. Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos. 43, 447-472. Available in https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/anuario/article/view/28856/pdf_1

Maroto-Vargas, A. (2017). El suicidio en el ámbito comunitario: lineamientos para su abordaje. Revista Reflexiones. 96 (01), 27-39. Available in https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/reflexiones/article/viewFile/30630/30505

Castillo-Echeverría, C. & Maroto-Vargas, A. (2017). Los desafíos asociados al uso del enfoque de Salud Comunitaria para comprender y prevenir el suicidio. Miradas sentidas y situadas: experiencias con grupos y comunidades. San José: Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica.

Castillo Echeverría, C. & Maroto Vargas, A. (2017). Los alcances de un diagnóstico comunitario sobre suicidio: reflexiones a partir de una experiencia. Revista Latinoamericana de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales, 7(1), e017. https://doi.org/10.24215/18537863e017

Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz (2021-2022)         

  1. LALS 1 - Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies. 
  2. LALS-5 Introduction to Human Rights and Social Justice. 
  3. LALS-60 Latin American Childhood. 
  4. LALS-100B. Cultural Theory in the Americas.  

Teaching and researching, Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) (2011-2020)                       

  1. Department of Psychology. Teoría Psicosocial I, Teoría Psicosocial II, and Investigación VIII. 
  2. Central American Master in Sociology. Taller de Tesis. 
  3. Master Health and Clinical Psychology. Promoción de la Salud y Participación Social