Welcome to the Department of Chicana/o Studies!

For general inquiries please contact us at chidept@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-2421, M-Th, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m (PT).

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For information about our 2023-2024 course schedule, please view Major/Minor Tab for list. 

Clarissa Rojas

Professor Rojas pictured with her dog.

Position Title
Assistant Professor

  • Chicana/o Studies
2111 Hart Hall
Office Hours
Wednesday 12-2:00pm


  • Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies, B.A., UC Santa Cruz
  • Ethnic Studies, M.A., San Francisco State University
  • Medical Sociology, Ph.D., UC San Francisco 

Research interest areas:

Violence, Medical Violence, Medicalization and Social Health Movements; Border Violence, Cultures and Migration Studies; Decolonial Chicana, Indigenous and Women of Color feminisms: Queer of Color and Two Spirit Studies; Critical, Comparative and Transdsciplinary Race Studies; Chican@/Latin@, Latin American, Decolonial and Zapatista Movements and Theories


Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Graduate Studies Graduate Group

Dr. Rojas grew up in the border cities Mexicali, Baja California and Calexico, California. Her roots trace to Nogales and Douglas, Arizona, as well as Guadalajara, Jalisco. Clarissa’s 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 healing and the transformation of violence in the struggle for social and health justice. She co-founded INCITE! a nation-wide movement working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color and our communities. Clarissa is an internationally published poet who believes in caracoles and trusts the creative spirit.

Selected Publications: