Action Committee

unnamedAlicia Gaspar de Alba is a Professor of Chicana/o Studies, English, and Gender Studies, and the Chair of the LGBTQ Studies Program at UCLA. She has published 11 books, among them, the award-winning collection of academic essays, [Un]Framing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui and Other Rebels With a Cause (2014), and two award-winning novels, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders, and Sor Juana’s Second Dream (1999). Originally from the border between El Paso, Texas and Júarez, Mexico, Alicia holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and has taught at UCLA since 1994. Alicia uses poetry, fiction, and academia for social change.


Charlene Villaseñor Black is Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, and the 2016 recipient of UCLA’s prestigious Gold Shield Prize for Academic Excellence. Her research and teaching focus on the art of the Ibero-American world, as well as Chicana/o art. She is currently Associate Director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and Editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, the leading journal in the field.

unnamedGil Hochberg is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at UCLA. Her work focuses on the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, nationalism, and sexuality with a focus on Israel/Palestine. She has published essays on a wide range of issues including: Francophone North African literature, Palestinian literature, the modern Levant, gender and nationalism, cultural memory and immigration,Hebrew Literature, Mediterraneanism, and Minority literatures. Her book, In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination (Princeton University Press, 2007), examines the complex relationship between the signifiers “Arab” and “Jew” in contemporary Jewish and Arab literatures. Her latest published book is a study of the Visual Politics of the Israeli-Palestinian entitled Visual Occupations: Vision and Visibility in a Conflict Zone (Duke University Press, 2015).

img_6636Tamara Levitz is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Musicology, who specializes in twentieth- century modernism. She is currently completing a large project on “Decolonizing the American Musicological Society,” in which she examines how structures of white supremacy and practices of exclusion and inequality became instituted in the society and shaped the profession of Musicology to the present day, and a second project on Imperialism and Modernism, in which she examines modern literature and music from the perspective of global imperial politics.

Purnima Mankekar is Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, and Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. Her research is in feminist media studies, transnational cultural studies, theories of affect, feminist ethnography, and in South Asian/American Studies.


Laure Murat is the Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies at UCLA, and Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. She specializes in cultural studies, history of psychiatry, and queer theory. She is the author of several books, including The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon. Towards a Political History of Psychiatry (Chicago: the University of Chicago Press, 2014), and a columnist for the French newspaper Libération. (Image courtesy of Philippe Matsas (C) Flammarion)


Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. Ananya’s scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality and is concerned with urban displacement and dispossession as well as with global financialization. At the University of California, Berkeley, where she was on the faculty for many years, Ananya received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching recognition. For more information about her work at UCLA, see

imagesMaite Zubiaurre earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Germanic Languages, and is the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Humanities Division. She is presently working on the intersections of immigration, forensics, and art at the US-Mexico border.