Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Marcia Ochoa
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Interim Provost
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Feminist Studies Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Oakes College
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department, Latin American & Latino Studies, Film and Digital Media Department, Queer and Sexualities Studies, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 342
    • Humanities 1 342
  • Office Hours TuTh 1-4pm, please email for an appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses SOCD/DANM 204: Ways of Seeing and Hearing; FMST 150: Mediating Desire: Race, Gender and Representation (formerly CMMU 152); FMST 175: Genders & Sexualities in Latin/o Americas (FMST 175/CMMU 185); SOCD 208: Soc Sci Research; FMST 41: trans|gender|bodies (formerly FMST 80M); FMST 100: Feminist Theories; FMST 194Q: Queer Diasporas; FMST 194T: Transgender Studies

Research Interests

Transgender studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, multimedia production, Latin American studies - Colombia and Venezuela, citizenship and social participation, Social Documentation, colonial historiography.

Biography, Education and Training

I'm an anthropologist specialized in the ethnography of media. My first book is on the accomplishment of femininity among beauty pageant contestants (misses) and transgender women (transformistas) in Venezuela.

My work focuses on the role of the imaginary in the survival of queer and transgender people in Latin America, and the place of these subjects in the nation.

I work with El/La Para TransLatinas in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA to develop programming and social justice work that promote transgender Latina participation and reflects the style and grace of translatina survival.

I am co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Selected Publications