Graduate Student Directory

Karla E. Reyes
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division, Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
    (831) 459-2119
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Crown-Merrill Housing Building 1, Crown-Merrill Housing Building
    • N/A
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Summary of Expertise

Previously Research Assistant for:

  • Psychological Development of Perceptions of Leadership (PI: Dr. Emily Balcetis)
  • NYU Pipeline Programs for Student and Faculty Minorities (PI: Dr. Charlton McIlwain)
  • National Latino Research Center, CSUSM, San Marcos, CA         



Doctoral student, Latin America and Latino Studies University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 

Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University 

Double Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Spanish, at California State University, San Marcos 



Research Interests

Gender and work, gender and capitalism, political economy, and feminist theory

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • UCSC Mellon Foundation Pre-qualifying Fellow (2018)
  • “Archiving the Present” UC Mexus Small Grant  (2018)                                       
  • Feminist Collective of Sisters in the Borderlands, The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) (2018)
  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2018)
  • Black Radical Thought in the Americas, Chicano Latino Research Center, Research Cluster Grant (2017)
  • University of California Regents (2017)


Selected Publications

In progress "Archiving the Present:" Memory and Violence in Contemporary Mexico

Selected Presentations

“Pero Like: Cultural política de los latinos en las redes sociales” presenting at Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Avanzados, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, April 2018. (Presented in Spanish)

“Another Type of Populism: The Rise of Narcopopulism in Contemporary Mexico” presented at The Neil Postman Graduate Conference, New York University, New York, NY, October 2016.


"The Aesthetics of Narcomensajes: An Analysis of the Use of Cartel Captions" presented at The Interdisciplinary Political Studies conference: Violent Times, Violent Spaces, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Amherst, MA, March 2016.

“Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption” Documentary, Interview, NLRC, April 2014.



Teaching Interests

  • LALS Social Science Analytics
  • LALS 100: Concepts & Theories                                                                                     
  • LALS 5: Introduction to Human Rights & Social Justice                                                
  • LALS 1: Introduction to Latin America & Latino Studies