Sylvanna M. Falcón

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentLatin American & Latino Studies
AffiliationsSociology Department,
Feminist Studies Department,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Web Site Personal Page
Spring 2017 Office Hours
Voces Críticas/Critical Voices (KZSC)
OfficeMerrill Academic 110
Office HoursSpring '17: Thurs, 10AM-12noon
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street, Merrill College
Santa Cruz, CA
Sylvanna M. Falcón

Research Interests

Human rights, racism/antiracism, globalization, gender, transnational feminism, Latin America (Peru), United States

Biography, Education and Training

I received my Ph.D. in 2006 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I joined the faculty of the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2010 after having completed a two year University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Women's Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to the postdoctoral position, I was an assistant professor of Sociology at Connecticut College and a lecturer for the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

My parents were born and raised in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States in the 1960s. I was born in upstate New York, and we moved to Camarillo, California when I was about three years old. I lived in Camarillo until I left for Santa Clara University. I moved to Santa Cruz from Los Angeles in 2010.

In January 2017, I launched a new radio show called Voces Criticas/Critical Voices on KZSC, 88.1 FM.  This weekly radio program offers a critical reading of the news (local, national, and international) and engages in conversation with public intellectuals, activists, artists, and other community members on relevant social issues facing communities of color.  It currently airs from 5:30PM-6PM on Tuesdays.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Woodrow Wilson National Foundation's Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Humanities Research Institute Grant
UC Center for New Racial Studies Grant

Courses Taught

LALS 240/FM ST 240: Culture and Politics of Human Rights
LALS 200: Bridging Latin American & Latino Studies
LALS 194Q: Globalization in the Americas
LALS 186 Field Research Methods
LALS 172: Visualizing Human Rights in the Americas
LALS 165: Contemporary Peru
LALS 150: Afro-Latinos/as
LALS 50: Transnational Feminist Organizing