Melina Rodriguez

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Voorhies 325
Office Hours
W 3-4pm in Voorhies 325, Tues 1-2pm via Zoom, or by Appointment


Cohort Year: 2021

Melina Rodriguez is a Ph.D student in English at the University of California-Davis. Her work engages premodern critical race, gender, and sexuality studies, and thinks through constructions and abstractions of the body in early modern literature as related to gender formations, racialization, and physical violence. Theoretical underpinnings of her research include woman of color feminisms, queer of color critique, and monster theory. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

Research Interests:

Premodern critical race studies, feminist theory, Monster theory, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory and queer of color critique, early modern studies, drama and performance studies, tragedy, Chicanx and Migration literature, as well as the plays of Shakespeare and Marlowe. 


Ph.D. Student, English, University of California, Davis                                            2021-Present

B.A., English, History, Summa Cum Laude, University of Arizona                          2021

         Minors: Spanish, French, Art History

Teaching Experience:

TA: ENL 113: Chaucer

TA: ENL 117: Shakespeare

TA: ENL10B: Literatures in English II (1700-1900)

AI: UWP1: Introduction to Academic Literacies