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Clarissa Rojas

Professor Rojas pictured with her dog.

Position Title
Associate Professor

  • Chicana/o Studies
2111 Hart Hall

Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo is deeply rooted in the beloved desert lands of Mexicali, Baja California and Calexico, California. Rojas Durazo’s family migrated to Chula Vista, California when she was 12. These lands are traditionally stewarded by the Cahuilla, Kumeyaay and Cocopah peoples. Clarissa traces her matrilineal ancestral roots to Nogales and Douglas, Arizona, and Magdalena and Villa Hidalgo, Sonora, the traditional homelands of the Yoeme, Apache, Tohono O’odham, Pima and Opata. Clarissa’s patrilineal roots are in the state of Jalisco. 

Clarissa Rojas’ transdisciplinary scholarly and activist work explores the interrelatedness of myriad manifestations of violence and the possibilities for the transformation of violence. Her research and teaching center decolonial movements, theories and abolitionist transformations. Rojas Durazo’s publications have garnered multiple awards, and she has authored and edited many path-breaking feminist essays and collections including Color of Violence: the INCITE! Anthology, Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, and Ending Heteropatriarchal Violence in Chicano Studies. Profe Rojas’ long-term public and community engaged scholarship led to co-founding INCITE! a movement of feminists of color working to end violence. Her recent work traces the potential for the transformation of violence as enlivened through Chicanx and Queer Chicanx art, poetry, and performance. Clarissa is an internationally published poet who believes in caracoles and trusts the creative spirit.

Research Interests:
Violence and the Transformation of Violence; Medical Violence, Decolonizing Healing and Health Justice Movements; Border Violence, Cultures, and Migration; Chicana, Indigenous, Women of Color and abolition feminisms; Queer of Color and Two Spirit
Studies; Critical Chicanx/Latinx, Decolonial and Zapatista Movements and Theories.

Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Graduate Group in Public Health Sciences, UC Davis Medical School.

Selected Works: