Sociology Graduate Students

Ismael Fabricio Illescas
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • Sociology Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Faculty Wing, #219
  • Mail Stop Merrill College

Biography, Education and Training

I am an urban ethnographer and a cultural theorist whose research examines the racial, spatial, gender, and class dimensions of expressive cultures and social control.

 

My dissertation entitled, Between Art and Crime: Graffiti and Street Art in Neoliberal Los Angeles is a critical ethnographic study of the creative ways that Black and Latinx youths create transgressive cultural identities and (re)imagine the city as a canvas.

 

This study argues that for many Black and Latinx youths from working-class backgrounds, graffiti is a popular system of knowledge through which they create new and relational cultural identities, form long and lasting social relationships, and transform abandoned and forgotten spaces into spaces of congregation and empowerment. 

 

Ph.D. Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz, in progress

M.A. Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz 2018

B.A. Sociology (Cum Laude), UC Santa Barbara 2013

Honors, Awards and Grants

UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship, UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (2020)

 

Dissertation Year Fellowship (2 Quarters), University of California, Santa Cruz (2019)   

 

Mini Research Grant, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2019)

 

Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow, Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, D.C. (2017)  

 

Research Cluster, Research Center of the Americas, University of California, Santa Cruz (2016)

 

Multi-Campus Graduate Working Group Grant, University of California Humanities Research Institute (2016)

 

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz (2015)

Selected Publications

Gomez, Jonathan D., Jorge Ramirez, and Ismael F. Illescas. "Cedric J. Robinson, Modest Audacity, and the Black Radical Tradition." Kalfou 3, no. 2 (2016).

Selected Presentations

 “Transforming Places of Devastation into Places of Congregation and Empowerment.”  Beyond Borders: Latina/o Studies in Times of Crisis 4th Biennial Conference! University of Notre Dame (Upcoming)

 

“Visualizing Everyday Resistance: Graffiti and Street Art in Neoliberal Los Angeles.” 2019 Latino Art Now! Conference Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston (2019)

 

“The Production of Memory and Meaning: Latinidad and Digital Storytelling in the 21st Century.” Smithsonian Latino Center (2017)

 

“Modest Audacity and The Black Radical Tradition: A Homage to Professor Emeritus Cedric Robinson.” Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Seminar, Cedric Robinson Symposium. Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2017)

Teaching Interests

Instructor of record for LALS 1: Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (Summer 2019); LALS 30: Social Movements in Latin America (Winter 2019)

 

Teaching Assistant for LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas; LALS 1: Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies; LALS 30: Social Movements in Latin America; LALS 122: Media and Nationalism; LALS 60: Latin American Childhoods; LALS 100A: Social Science Analytics