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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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Ivonne Gonzalez

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.

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