Mercedes Trigos

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Assistant Professor, English
School of Humanities
Ph.D., New York University, English and American Literature
M.A., University of Chicago, Humanities
B.A., Rice University, English and Hispanic Studies
University of California, Irvine
163 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Twentieth-century literatures and cultures of the Americas; Chicanx, Latinx, and Mexican studies; racialization; sex and sexuality; feminisms
Research Abstract
My research interests broadly include racialization, gender, sex, and sexuality in twentieth-century literatures and cultures of the Americas. Drawing on my training in literature, I use close reading and archival research methods for comparative and interdisciplinary work within the fields of Latinx, Chicanx, and Mexican studies. My current book project, tentatively entitled Eugenic Seductions: Feminist Racial Ideation in Greater Mexican Archives, outlines an alternative genealogy of feminist thought that analyzes the connections between eugenics discourse and desire in the fictions of twentieth-century Mexican and Mexican American writers.
Awards and Honors
Honorable Mention, Outstanding Article Award, Latinx Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association, 2023
“An Erotics of Eugenics: Unsettling Leonor Villegas de Magnón’s Borderlands Feminism.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 47.1 (Spring 2022): 43-71.
Summer Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2023
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2021
Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2021
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