University of California Santa Cruz

Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Trained as an anthropologist, Ochoa’s work focuses on the ethnography of media and the role of the imaginary in queer/trans third world survival, and the place of queer/trans people in the idea of the nation. Ochoa is co-founder and advisor to El/La Para TransLatinas, a social justice project for transgender Latina immigrants to San Francisco’s Mission District, the co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke University Press), and the author of Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2014).

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