Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra

Lecturer in History and Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Diana Becerra

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2018
Thursday, 12:30–2:15 p.m.
And by appointment.

Henshaw B2 201


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 and Women and Gender in Latin America (colonial to present-day).

As a public scholar, Bercerra 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 uses 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.

Selected Publications

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 Rethinking Revolution: New Histories of the Latin American Left, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

“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.