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Dr. Cecelia Aragon

Dir. Latina/o Studies, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance & Chicano Studies


Ph.D., Arizona State University.

M.A., University of New Mexico

B.S., McMurry University


Dr. Aragon has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference. 


Currently Dr. Aragón's research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality with Indigenous performance artists and Danza Azteca in Latina/o performances. Her publications include: 


Most recent book project, Indigenous Revivalism: Mestizaje Performance, Pageantry, and Politics in Latina/o Popular Culture, is currently under contract to be published in 2017 by Routledge Press: London for the  Latino Cultural Studies Series

 Two essays “La Indita: Canta no llores," and  “The Turquoise Trail"  will be published in Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce: People Color of the Earth, edited by Roberto Cintli Rodriquez, published by the University of Arizona Press 2017.

       - Previously

•  “Bently Spang: on the Future of American Indian Performance Art,” (Text and Performance Quarterly Journal, 2015)

•  “Tekcno Pow-wow III” (Theatre Journal, 2015)

•   “Performing Mestizaje:  Making Indigenous Acts Visible in Latina/o Popular Culture” (Routledge Press, 2015)

•  “La Indita: Canta no llores” a monologue in, Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce: People Color of the Earth (Forthcoming, University of Arizona Press 2016) 

•  “Historical Overview of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences: From Mestizaje and Indigenous Identities to Contemporary Representations,” in Palabras del Cielo: A Critical Anthology of Latina/o TYA Plays and Playwrights (Forthcoming, Dramatic Publishing 2016)

Dr. Aragón is completing her book titled, The Emergence of Mexican-American/Chicano Youth Theatre: Performing Childhood in the Borderlands.  Her scholarly work on Theatre for Young Audiences include:

•  “Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences” (ABC-CLIO, 2013)

•  “Social Protest as Social Performance: Examining Oppositional Performances with Latina/o Youth” (Northwest Theatre Review, 2009)

•  “Niños y el teatro:  Critical Perspectives of Children in Mexican-American Theatre” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2009)

•  “Crossing Borders: The Coming of Age Experience in Josefina López's Simply Maria and José Cruz González's The Highest Heaven” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2002)

•  “Mestiza Consciousness: An Examination of Two Plays with Chicana Protagonists” (Youth Theatre Journal, 2001)

•  “Teacher and Student Resource Guide” in Children of the Sun: Monologues and Scenes for Latina/o Youth, by Carlos Morton (Studio City, 2008)

 Aragón has published three articles on Rudolfo Anaya’s plays, which include:

•  “Billy the Kid/El Bilito” (ABC-CLIO, 2012)

•  “Los Corridos de Billy the Kid-El Querido, 'El Bilito': Contemporary Ballads and Songs About Billy the Kid From New Mexicans—Rudolfo Anaya and Simón Álvarez” (Camino Real—Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas, 2011)

•  “Politics and Performance: Repression and Resistance in Lee Blessing's Billy the Kid and Rudolfo Anaya's Billy the Kid” (The Western States Theatre Review, 2011)

•  Co-editor of the book Rudolfo Anaya: Billy the Kid and Other Plays, (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas Series; University of Oklahoma Press, 2011). 

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"I conducted community engagement and research on Dia de los muertos exhibitions along the Northern Colorado Front Range Region and Wyoming.  My most recent research was at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center in Longmont, CO., where I visited their community altars and their archival work.  I also documented the Dia de los muertos altars at KOCA Radio Station in Laramie, Wyoming."



CHST 1101: Freshman Year Seminar: Introduction to Latina/o Popular Culture

CHST 4100: U.S. Latina/o Theatre

CHST 4470: Studies in Chicano Folklore

CHST 4485: U.S. Latina/o Diaspora

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