Sebastian Ferrada

Assistant Professor
Pronouns: (They/Them/Theirs)
Email Email sebastian_ferrada@emerson.edu

Sebastian Ferrada (they/them) is an Assistant Professor U.S. Diversity and Latinx Studies in the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies. They teach courses on Latinx and Chicanx Studies, Queer Studies, and pop culture. They received their PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2019.  Their upcoming book project, Latinx Futures: The queer time of Spanglish, familia, and activism, examines the linguistic, cultural, and activist practices among Latinx families in Santa Ana, California, to consider how such practices open up ways of thinking more queerly about family acceptance, activism, and language. Their research more broadly encompasses the areas of queer of color critique, raciolinguistics, and the developing field of Jotería Studies, which merges women of color feminisms and queer Chicanx studies. They have published articles on Latinx language politics in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, and most recently contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Sebastian also co-created and co-hosted the Latinx podcast, Café con Chisme (2016-2021) with their sister, Yasmin Ferrada. The series, which ran for five seasons, focused on cultural critiques of race, politics, and pop culture. 

About

  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2019

Education

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications

Resignifications: Linguistic Resistance and Queer Expressions of Latinidad

2021
The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality, edited by Kira Hall and Rusty Barrett, 1-24.

“Respeta mi idioma”: Latinx Youth Enacting Affective Agency

2020
*Co-authored with Mary Bucholtz and Meghan Corella. Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 19, no. 2: 79-94.

The Accent on Modern Family: Listening to Representations of the Latina Vocal Body

2018
*Co-authored with Dolores Inés Casillas and Sara V. Hinojos. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 43, no. 1: 59-85.

Creative Works

Café con Chisme [Podcast]

2021
2016-2021
*Co-created/hosted with Yasmin Ferrada.