Marcia Ochoa
  • Pronouns she/they
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Provost
  • Division Arts Division
  • Department
    • Department of Performance, Play & Design (PPD)
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Oakes College
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department, Latin American & Latino Studies, Film and Digital Media Department, Queer and Sexualities Studies, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Theater Arts J Offices, J15
    • Oakes Provost Office
  • Office Hours Office Hours are conducted via Zoom. Faculty Hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm. Provost Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm. Please email or use appropriate calendar for an appointment. You can propose a meeting with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice, last minute meetings will be deleted. For advising, Performance, Play & Design, Soc Doc, and CRES teaching, or other faculty requests, use the Faculty Calendar ( For Oakes College business, use the Provost Calendar (
  • Mail Stop Theater Arts Center
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ethnography, Mass Media, Performance, Latin American and Latino Studies, LGBT+, Queer Studies
  • Courses SOCD/DANM 204: Ways of Seeing and Hearing; FMST 150: Mediating Desire: Race, Gender and Representation (formerly CMMU 152); FMST 175: Genders & Sexualities in Latin/o Americas (FMST 175/CMMU 185); SOCD 208: Soc Sci Research; FMST 41: trans|gender|bodies (formerly FMST 80M); FMST 100: Feminist Theories; FMST 194Q: Queer Diasporas; FMST 194T: Transgender Studies

Research Interests

Transgender studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, multimedia production, Latin American studies - Colombia and Venezuela, citizenship and social participation, Social Documentation, colonial historiography.

Biography, Education and Training

I'm an anthropologist specialized in the ethnography of media. My first book is on the accomplishment of femininity among beauty pageant contestants (misses) and transgender women (transformistas) in Venezuela.

My work focuses on the role of the imaginary in the survival of queer and transgender people in Latin America, and the place of these subjects in the nation.

I am co-founder of El/La Para TransLatinas in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA, a social justice organization that promotes transgender Latina participation and reflects the style and grace of translatina survival.

I am co-editor ex-oficio of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Selected Publications