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Susy Zepeda


Position Title
Assistant Professor

Chicana/o Studies

2109 Hart Hall

- Ph.D., Sociology Department, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Studies and Latin American & Latino Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2012.

-M.A., Sociology Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2007.

-B.A., Dual major in Sociology and Women’s Studies, California State University at Long Beach, 2000.

Research interests areas:

Chicana/Latina decolonial feminisms, social justice, critical race and ethnic studies, U.S. women of color feminist theory, LGBTQI and queer of color studies, transnational visual culture, oral history, oral storytelling, and archival research, collaborative methodologies, cultural memory, historical narratives, and generational healing

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Mexican immigrant parents, Susy Zepeda is a queer Xicana Indígena Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Davis. She is an interdisciplinary and transnational feminist scholar.

Currently, Zepeda is writing her first book manuscript, which is a historical and contemporary tracing of queer Xicana and Latina cultural producers that examines layers and tensions of race, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, land, nation, and generational silence. In it, she argues that the roots of Chicana and Latina feminisms are forms of diasporic and ancestral knowledge. Working at the intersections of frameworks such as feminisms of color, queer of color critique, and studies of race and colonization; her work highlights the often overlooked yet intertwined legacies of Chicana feminisms, queer theory, and decolonization.

Zepeda is part of a writing collaborative, the Santa Cruz Feminist of Color Collective, who published the article “Building on “the Edge of Each Other’s Battles”: A Feminist of Color Multidimensional Lens” in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.   Professor Zepeda works closely with the México-based filmmaker collective Mujeres y Cultura Subterránea who inspire her scholarship on transnational visual culture. 

She received a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CSU Long Beach in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Sociology (Feminist Studies and Latin American & Latino Studies) from UC Santa Cruz in 2012.  From 2013-2014, Zepeda was a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Social Justice Initiative at UC Davis.

Affiliations: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Cultural Studies, Native American Studies

Selected Publications:

- Zepeda, Susy. 2014. “Queer Xicana Indígena Cultural Production: Remembering through Oral and Visual Storytelling,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 119-141.

Santa Cruz Feminist of Color Collective. Winter 2014. “Building on ‘the Edge of Each Other’s Battles’: A Feminist of Color Multidimensional Lens.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Special Issue: Interstices. Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 23-40.

Zepeda, Susy. 2009. “Mapping Queer of Color Methodology,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.  Vol. 15: No. 4, pp. 622-3. Duke University Press.

- Zepeda, Susy with Sandra Alvarez. 2006. Womyn Image Makers: A Colectiva of Queer Indígena Visionaries,” Spectator: USC Journal of Film and Television Criticism.  Chicana Spectators and Media Makers: Imagining TransCultural Diversity. Ed. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva. Spring 2006, Vol. 26. No. 1, pp. 127-134.

Zepeda, Susy and N. Deeb-Sossa. 2017. “Decolonizing the Future Today: Speculative Testimonios and Nepantlerx Futurisms in Student Activism at the University of California, Davis,” Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture.  Eds. C. Merla-Watson and B. Olguín. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. Aztlán Anthology Series, Vol. 4, pp.298-324. 

Zepeda, Susy and Irene Reti, Eds. 2015. “With Conocimiento, Love, Spirit, and Community: Rosie Cabrera’s Leadership at UC Santa Cruz, 1984-2013.” Interviewed by Susy Zepeda. University of California, Santa Cruz. Regional History Project, University Library.


- Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCSC, 2003-2005.

- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005-2008.

- Lionel Cantú Graduate Award, Chicano Latino Research Center, UCSC, 2010.

UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant, 2010.

- Faculty Development Award, UC Davis, 2015

- Committee on Research, Small Grant in Aid of Research, UCD, 2016

- UC Davis Hellman Foundation Fellowship, UC Davis, 2016

- Academic Senate Research Travel Award Program, UCD, 2017