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Odalis Garcia Gorra



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About Me

Odalis Garcia Gorra is a writer and doctoral student at UT Austin. Though born in Puerto Rico, she proudly claims Miami as her hometown. She has a BA from The New School in Journalism with a concentration in Religious Studies, and an MA in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. Her research explores diasporic Latinx identities, specifically of Caribbean descent. Her graduate thesis investigated the rising popularity of brujas on Instagram and how their activism enables digital sacred space. She is interested in how Latinx digital communities become pathways for diasporic cultural expression, identity formation and the commodification of Latinidad for capitalistic gain. She co-founded Grow Up, a film publication dedicated to exploring youth on screen in all its forms. When she's not watching TV she is having very strong feelings about empanadas and Cuban food.

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PhD in American Studies

University of Texas Austin | 2021-Present

Master of Theological Studies

Harvard University | 2018-2020

Bachelor's Degree in Journalism + Design

The New School | 2013-2017

Minor: Religious Studies

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Graduate Research Fellow

Border Tech Lab | 2021-Present

Digital Content Creator

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History | 2022-2023

Digital Producer & Editor

WLRN | 2020-2022

Editorial Assistant

Third Circle Publishing | 2017-2018

Digital Intern

WLRN | 2017-2018

Communications Intern

El Museo Del Barrio | May-Aug 2017

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