Alejandra Portillos
Ph.D. Student
Chicanx / Latinx Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 355


Research Interests

Border studies, carcerality, LGBTQAI+ Latinx community, I.C.E.

Alejandra is a native of Colorado Springs and has a BA in Transborder Chicana/o Latino/a Studies with an emphasis in Media and Expressive culture from Arizona State University. She also has her MA in Sociology from University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is active in the broader community through volunteering with various immigration and human rights organizations. Her MA research focused on Latinx undocumented immigrants’ experiences while detained in the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) detainment facilities. She also analyzed the collateral consequences of friends and family members of detained or deported immigrants. Her research advocates for fundamental changes of deportation and detainment procedures that negatively affect Latinx communities. She plans to continue her immigrant research while working on her doctorate focusing on the LGBTQAI+ Latinx community and their experiences with I.C.E.