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Ariana Ochoa Camacho, Ph.D.

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American Studies
New York University
M. Phil.
American Studies
New York University
Speech Communication Studies
San Francisco State University
Kenyon College


Ariana Ochoa Camacho completed her dissertation work at New York University. Her research project "Racial Longings, Migrant Belongings,” examines the frictions of Latin American and U.S. racial discourses as they propel the embodied performances and experiences of Colombian nationalism in the New York Metro region, particularly in the contexts of cultural festivals and community celebrations. Her work argues that the racial performances of Colombian migrants in New York are part of a creative petition that refuses racial ‘otherization,’ and are shaped through the multiple cultural contexts of migrant lives.

Prof. Ochoa Camacho earned an M.A. in Communication from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Kenyon College. She has published her work with Demeter Press, Columbia University Press, Emerging Perspectives in Health Communication, Feminist Media Studies, as well as collaborated with a visual artist to produce a video, “Elizabeth’s Story,” now housed at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Her work uses qualitative methodologies particularly from a cultural studies frame to look at marginalization and dynamics of power in contemporary society.

Current Research

Current research project: "Racial Longings, Migrant Belongings: Colombianidad and Racial Performance in New York City"

This project elaborates the internal contours of migrant experiences to push the boundaries of our understanding Latino racializations and challenge contemporary notions of immigrant incorporation by attending to cultural practices. My scholarship responds to the pressing social questions relating to "other" Latino migrations in the U.S. and wrestles with Colombian nationalism through an explicit investigation of its entangled race, gender and sexual norms as they materialize in migration. The interdisciplinary methodologies of gender and sexuality studies and the field's commitment to elucidating how nation/nationalism shapes the lived experiences of marginalization also powerfully shapes my ethnographic study of race, nation and migration.

Future Project: "Toxics, Race and Geography"

Her future project continues to examine investments in difference, culture, embodiment and environmental justice relating to science, society/race, and the body through an exploration on the social construction of chronic diseases. In this project she explores disease as a lived social process of intoxication that is spatialized and embodied, particularly in urban spaces.

Scholarly Interests

Research & Teaching Interests: Race, transnational cultures and migration; violence, the politics of difference and (un)belonging; identity formation and performance; Latina/o media representations; Latin American popular culture; gender and nationalism; community-based research; social construction of health/environment; social movements; power, race and language.


  • TWOMN 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • THISP 238 Hispanics in the U.S.
  • TEGL 340  Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
  • TEGL 380 Gender and Sexuality Across Cultural and Historical Contexts
  • TSOC 439 Fieldwork and Interviewing in Communities
  • TWOMN 455 Contemporary Theories in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • THISP 462 Women in Latin American
  • MIAS 503 Evidence and Action

Other Teaching Experience:

  • Latin American Perspectives
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Urbanisms
  • Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
  • Introduction to Latino Literature
  • Contemporary Latino Cultures
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Theories in Social and Cultural Analysis


  • American Studies Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Latino Studies Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • National American for Ethnic Studies
  • National Association for Chican@ Studies
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
  • Social Science History Association
Selected Publications
  • Living with Drug Lords and Mules in New York: Contrasting Colombian Criminality and Transnational Belonging. 3/2016 In R. Furman and A. Ackerman (Eds.), Criminalizing the Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • Ochoa Camacho, A. The San Diego Border Brothel Scandals: Untangling Discourses from a Sex Work Frame. 7/2015 In R. J. Bromwich & M. M. De Jong (Eds.) Mothers, Mothering, and Sex Work. Demeter Press. Ontario, Canada.
  • Elizabeth's Story. In Collaboration with  Orlando Lara. Art League Houston, Houston, Texas; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. 2009.
  • Yep, G. A., & Ochoa Camacho, A. The normalization of heterogendered relations in The Bachelor. Feminist Media Studies, 4(3). 2004.
  • El Poder y la Fuerza de la Pasión: Toward a Model of HIV/AIDS Education and Service Delivery from the “Bottom-Up.” In H. M. Zoller & M. J. Dutta (Eds.), Emerging Perspectives in Health Communication: Meaning, Culture, and Power (pp. 224-246). New York, NY: Rutledge. 2008.
  • Love in times of Precarity: A Very Queer Politics of Immigration. with Kathleen Coll. In Preparation
  • Ochoa Camacho, A. and Zazueta, I. The Weight of the World: The testimonio of Nicolas Mamanj Charralla. Video Project. Cuzco, Peru and San Francisco, CA. Distributed by Huchuay Runas. 2006.