Advisor: Dr. José Aranda
Sophia Martinez Abbud is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Rice University. She specializes in Chicanx literature, history, and culture, and is interested in narratives and genres of anti-colonial resistance throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Sophia’s dissertation, titled "Borderpunk: Refusal in Post-60s Chicanx Literature," examines the ways in which Chicanx and Latinx communities make use of punk—as a genre, a methodology, and a praxis—to perform sociocultural resistance and speculate alternative models of social organization. She is also a founding member of the Chicana Mapping Project, a forthcoming website and podcast series sharing the hidden histories of Mexican-American women in Houston and Los Angeles.