Visiting Assistant Professor
Contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis in Indigenous and Native American Studies.

Humanities 230
651-696-6133

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A native of Cusco, Peru, professor Valdivia explores contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis in Indigenous and Native American Studies. More specifically, she explores film and media that emerged by the end of the Peruvian political armed conflict (1990) as privileged sites of racialized and gendered narratives. Integrating decolonial, feminist and critical race theories, her scholarship examines how television, film and digital storytelling serve as technological and discursive maps showcasing the co-constitutive underpinnings and borderlines of race and gender in national and transnational identity formation. 

While completing her PhD at UC Davis, she has taught lower and upper division Spanish courses, Spanish for heritage speakers, and later served as the Davis Feminist Film Festival director and the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center Education and Training Coordinator. At Macalester, Professor Valdivia will continue pursuing community and cultural engagement within campus and beyond. 

BA: Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad de Cusco 

MA: San José State University 

PhD: University of California, Davis