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Juan Ochoa

About Juan Ochoa

Juan Ochoa is a PhD Candidate working on his dissertation, "¡Quiero que me llames joto!/Call me joto!: Gay Chicano Men (Re)Imagining the Brown Body, that explores gay Chicano/Latino men's subject formation through cultural production. His dissertation conceptualizes a joteria analytics to interpret the art objects of 3 gay Chicano/Latino artists (photographer Christopher Velasco, digital artist Julio Salgado, and performance artist AB Soto) to theorize how gay Chicano/Latino men understand, interpret, and respond to issues of homophobia, racism, sexism, and xenophobia. 

Research Interests: Joteria studies, Gay Chicano/Latino men's art and literature, Cultural studies, Popular Culture, Queer of Color Critique, Queer Theory, Chicana Feminisms, Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, Women of Color theory, Oral History, Art and Aesthetics, Femme/Femme-ininity, U.S. Social Movements (Chicano Movement)... 

Influential Scholars/Thinkers: Frantz Fanon, Gil Cuadros, Maylei Blackwell, Hiram Perez, Jamaica Kincaid, Assata Shakur, Richard T. Rodriguez, Michel Foucault, Michael Nava, bell hooks, Ana Castillo, Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Toni Morrison, Marlon M. Bailey, Kobena Mercer, Jose Esteban Munoz, Roderick A. Ferguson, Stuart Hall, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano... 


“Shine Bright Like a Migrant: Julio Salgado’s Digital Art and Its Use of Jotería.” In Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order Vol. 42, Nos, 3-4 (2015): 184-199. 

Courses Taught (Primary Instructor):  

GWS/MAS 307 Chicana Feminisms (Spring 2017)

GWS 309 Queer Theories (Fall 2016)

GWS/MAS/ENG 312 Latina/o Popular Culture (Spring 2016)  


M.A: University of Arizona (2013) -Gender and Women's Studies

M.A:CSULA (2012) -Mexican-American Studies
Master's Thesis: "Finding Familia at UCLA: Joteando in the 1990's -Charting Gay Chicano Political Activism"

B.A: UCLA (2008) -Chicana/o Studies and Women's Studies (Double-Major)

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Juan Ochoa
Ph.D. Candidate
Office: Gender & Women's Studies