Margaret Salazar

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Banet-Weiser

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Biographical Sketch

Margaret Salazar graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and multiple subject teaching credentials from CSULA. In conjunction with the National Science Foundation and Sociology Department at UCLA, she has completed multiple research projects including an ethnography of Los Angeles cultural arts scenes. While earning her teaching credentials, Ms. Salazar taught and mentored students in both New York and Southern California. She currently remains active in the Los Angeles community working with various youth organizations and at USC with the Graduate Students of Color Network. In spring 2006 she spearheaded the 4th Annual Ethnic Studies Conference, a national graduate student conference with USC, UCSD, UCLA, and UCB. During the summer of 2006 she participated in a highly competitive studentship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Her current research is interested broadly in intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation, Representational Conquest: Tourism, Display, and Public Memory in “America’s Finest City,” examines the centrality of representation in the formation of Southern California during the twentieth century.


  • A.A. Glendale Community College, 2003
  • B.A. California State University of Los Angeles, 2005
  • M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 05/2008

Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant - AMST 101: Race and Class in Los Angeles, University of Southern California, 2009
  • Teaching Assistant - AMST 101: Race and Class in Los Angeles, University of Southern California, 2008
  • Research Assistant - for Professor George Sanchez, University of Southern California, 2008-2009



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