Ivonne Gonzalez is a junior at Yale University majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ivonne is fascinated with Mexican American history, and more specifically, Chicana history. Her research interests include urban ethnography, cultural production, subculture, and their intersections with feminism and queer theory. She plans to pursue a career in academia and is currently working on a research project as part of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Ivonne’s project looks at young Chicana women Los Angeles use self-fashioning, especially that which recalls Chicana history, in order to assert their belonging in the city of Los Angeles. She is interested in the ways mediums such as Tumblr blogging, photography, clothing brands, and community events are used as sites of radical self-fashioning.
In taking this course, Ivonne hopes to both broaden and deepen her understandings of Latina/o mobility in California, with an eye towards ethnicity and gender. She hopes to trace the ways in which Mexican American and Chicana women's agency has been either restricted or enacted via mobility throughout Los Angeles's history. Ivonne believes that institutions of knowledge can sometimes reinforce restrictive gender norms on women, and calls for a reinterpretation of history that celebrates the contributions of women who challenged traditional notions of womanhood.
When she's not dedicating time to Yale's Latina/o and activist communities, including MEChA de Yale, Ivonne enjoys trail running, bicycle riding, singing, and writing cheesy love songs on the guitar.
- Mamá Elefante - My Migrant Object by Ivonne Gonzalez
- Dissonant Narratives of Womanhood: Pachucas and Chicana Feminist History by Ivonne Gonzalez
- More than a Mayan Princess: Representations of Ethnicity and Gender in John Fante's "Ask the Dust" by Ivonne Gonzalez
- The New Mestiza Lives In L.A.: Chicanas, Mobility, and Landscape in Urban Photography by Ivonne Gonzalez
- The New Mestiza Lives in L.A.: A Final Assessment by Ivonne Gonzalez