Fellows & Grantees

Silvia Rodriguez Vega

SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) Fellowship 2023


Silvia Rodriguez Vega is a community-engaged writer, artist, and educator. She is an assistant professor at UCSB’s Department of Chicana/o Studies. As an Arts Research with Communities of Color Fellow, she will conduct a year-long ethnographic research project with the San Francisco-based Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. Her research explores how anti-immigration policy impacts immigrant children’s lives through methodological tools centering on participatory art and creative expression. Her first book, titled Drawing Deportation: Art and Resistance among Immigrant Childrenwas published by NYU Press in 2023. Based on ten years of work with immigrant children in Arizona and California, Drawing Deportation gives readers a glimpse into the lives of immigrant children and their families. Her research interests also focus on Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), ethnic studies, K–12 education, mixed-status families, transborder relations, and arts and artivism through performance and digital media.

Silvia Rodriguez Vega and Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Dr. Rodriguez Vega will be conducting a participatory ethnographic research project. Additionally, we will be creating an augmented fotonovela/digital zine, communicating the values guiding the work of QWOCMAP throughout the last 20+ years.