Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.
Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra
Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History and Latin American & Latina/o Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Thursday 12:45-2:15 p.m.;
Or by appointment.
Pierce Hall 001
Ph.D., University of Michigan
B.A., The City College of New York
Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra specializes in the histories of women and gender in Latin America, with a particular focus on social movements and revolutions. She has published on a variety of topics, including feminism, labor and armed movements, collective memory, neoliberalism and nationalism. Her teaching interests include modern Latin America and feminist theory and practice, particularly women-of-color feminism. Her current courses include Latin America Since 1821, Women and Gender in Latin America, and Women and Revolutions.
As a public scholar, Becerra has collaborated with Salvadoran and U.S. museums and art galleries as well as global networks of historic sites. At the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton, she used her popular education training to empower and organize immigrants and workers. These teaching experiences have fundamentally shaped her pedagogy, which encourages students to approach history as a tool to address current-day problems.
Becerra is currently a postdoctoral fellow for the project “Putting History in Domestic Workers’ Hands.” In collaboration with historians and organizers from Smith College and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), she is producing research on domestic worker history and developing a core political education curriculum to mobilize domestic workers on a massive scale. Engaging with history will allow current-day organizers to learn from their movement ancestors and apply lessons from the past to build the power of workers today. In Fall 2020, she will begin her position as an assistant professor in the history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Her book manuscript, tentatively titled Insurgent Butterflies: Gender and Revolution in El Salvador, documents the feminist praxis that working-class and peasant women developed within labor and armed movements during the late 20th century.
“For Our Total Emancipation: The Making of Revolutionary Feminism in Insurgent El Salvador, 1977-1987,” in Making the Revolution: Histories of the Latin American Left, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
“The First Black Miss Colombia and the Limits of Multiculturalism.” Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies 12, no.1 (2017): 71-90.
“Historical Memory at El Salvador’s Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen.” Latin American Perspectives 43, no.6 (2016): 8-26.
“How ‘Partnership’ Weakens Solidarity: Colombian GM Workers and the Limits of UAW Internationalism.” WorkingUSA 17, no. 2 (2014): 239-60. Co-written with Kevin A. Young.