Donna Maria Alexander.
My research interests include American studies, Chicana/o literature and culture, Chicana/o art, Feminism, geography, literary geography, border studies, transnationalism, migration and ethnicity, American pop culture.
University College Cork, October 2010 – Present:
PhD in English.
Working Title: “Women in the Borderlands in the Writings of Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes.”
Supervisors: Dr. Lee Jenkins, School of English UCC, and Prof. Nuala Finnegan, Deparment of Hispanic Studies UCC (Head of Department).
University College Cork, September 2009 – September 2010:
MA American Literature and Film.
Thesis: “‘The Geography Closest In’: The Space of the Chicana in Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes.”
Supervisor: Dr Lee. Jenkins.
University College Cork, September 2006 – September 2009:
BA English and Geography (Joint Honours).
Awards and Honours:
- Title of College Scholar 2007, UCC.
- Title of College Scholar 2009, UCC.
Conferences Papers Presented:
“Feminine Wounds and Wounded Women in the Writings of Gloria Anzaldúa.” College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Graduate Studies Conference, University College Cork, Ireland. 20 November 2010.
“Women, Borders and Geocoporporality in the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa.” Literary Dynamics of Place: Crossing, Settling, Circulation. Ustinov College, Durham University, England. 08 April 2011.
“‘Love American Style’: Race, Identity and Cultural Tyranny in Showtime’s Dexter.” Bookends Conference 2011. School of English, University College Cork, Ireland. 30-31st May 2011.
“Anti-Capitalist Critique and Travelling Poetry in the Works of Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rage Against the Machine.”Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano Culture. Centre for Mexican Studies, Department of Hispanic Studies, University College Cork, Ireland. 24-26th June 2011.
“Americas Studies.” PhD Slam. School of English, University College Cork, Ireland. 15th June 2011.
Book Reviews Published:
Cherríe Moraga’s A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness. Aigne, Issue 2 (Forthcoming 2011/12).
- Co-ordinator for the European Book Launch of Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition.” University College Cork, 24th June 2011.
- On the Organising Committee for Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano Culture, an International Conference to be held in University College Cork, 24-25th June 2011, hosted by the Centre for Mexican Studies, UCC.
- Aigne, University College Cork, January 2011 – Present: Editor.
- School of English, University College Cork, October 2010 – Present. First Year English Modern Tutor.
- UCC Plus, University College Cork, January 2009 – April 2009.Volunteer Tutor.