Gretel Vera Rosas

Faculty Advisor: Macarena Gomez-Barris

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Gretel H. Vera-Rosas is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies & Ethnicity. Originally from Mexico City, she moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s.  Gretel studied photography and creative writing at El Camino Community College, and earned her B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). While at UCSC, she was part of the Spanish creative writing workshops instructed by the Sandinista poet Daisy Zamora.  As a Teaching Assistant at USC, she taught the very first bilingual discussion section in Religions of Latin America for the Religion Department. She is an allied-member of the Active Dreams Coalition, a collective of AB540 students. Gretel's dissertation, The Breaking and Remaking of Everyday Life: Illegality, Maternity & Displacement in the Americas, is a hemispheric feminist study that examines political and cultural representations of mothers who exist outside the boundaries of legality.  Her inquiry specifically focuses on contemporary independent films that evoke the experience of Latin/a American transnational single motherhood in relationship to sex work, drug trafficking, and undocumented migration to the Unites States and Spain. She is currently working with Professors Macarena Gomez-Barris (Chair), Judith Halberstam, and Aniko Imre.


  • B.A. UC - Santa Cruz, 2004
  • M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2008



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534