Ariana Ochoa Camacho, Ph.D. (Candidate)

Assistant Professor

Specialty: Gender and Nation, Latino Studies, Urban Ethnography, Media Studies, Migration Studies

Ochoa Camacho, Ariana

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: JOY 214F
Phone: 253-692-4884
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Ph.D. (candidate), American Studies, New York University, 2014.
  • M.A., Communication, San Francisco State University, -.
  • B.A., Anthropology, Kenyon College, -.


Ariana Ochoa Camacho, ABD, M.A. in American Studies and M.A. in Communication, is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies based in Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Department at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her dissertation, titled "Racial Longings, Migrant Belongings, argues that the racial performances of Colombian migrants in New York are part of a creative petition that simultaneously refuse racial marking as other, even as they are shaped by the processes of racialization. In addition to her doctoral work in American Studies at NYU, she holds an MA in Communication from San Francisco State University and a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College and recently completed the Cesar Chavez Fellowship at Dartmouth College (2012-2013). She has published her work in Emerging Perspectives in Health Communication, Feminist Media Studies, as well as collaborated with a visual artist to produce a video, Elizabeths Story, now housed at the National Museum of Mexican. Currently she is working on an article focused on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, border brothels as well as developing a second project on environmental health, racial embodiment and toxics.


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

My dissertation elaborates the internal contours of migrant experiences to push the boundaries of our understanding Latino racializations and challenge 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 fields commitment to elucidating how the social formation of nation shapes the lived experiences of marginalized subjects also powerfully shape my ethnographic study of race, nation and migration.

Future Project: "Toxics, Race and Geography"

My investments in difference, culture, embodiment and environmental justice have led me into my third project a critical examination of the social construction of cancer from feminist cultural geographic frame. In this project I am beginning to think through cancer as a lived neoliberal process that is spatialized and embodied, particularly in urban spaces.


  • THISP 238 Hispanics in the U.S.
  • THISP 462 Women in Latin American
  • TWOMN 100 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • 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

Selected Publications

2008 Ochoa Camacho, A. Elizabeths Story Video Script based on M.A. Thesis Chisme Fresco interviews and transcripts by Ariana Ochoa Camacho. IN Lara, Orlando, Elizabeths Story video project created in collaboration with A. Ochoa Camacho. Featured in traveling exhibit, "We the People: by Delilah Montoya, Soody Sharifi, and Orlando Lara, (2009) shown at the Art League Houston, Houston, Texas; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. Also in, "Crossings," (2011) at the Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky. [Video Available at]


  • American Studies Association
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Latino Studies Association
  • National American for Ethnic Studies
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
  • Social Science History Association

Professional Service

Mentoring, as well as offer technical support to nonprofit organizations.

Honors and Awards

  • 2012-2013 Cesar Chavez Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Dartmouth College
  • 2012-2013 Inspiring Women Award, WNBA, Hispanic Scholarship Foundation
  • 2012-2013 Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Davis-Putter Foundation
  • 2012-2013 Ford Foundation Honorable Mention