Alejandra Franco

Cohort 2019

Biography

Alejandra Franco earned her Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies and a B.A. of Political Science, as well as minor in Dance from the University of Southern California in 2019. She is a first-generation university student, born and raised in the Eastern Coachella Valley in Southern California. Her past research focused on political violence in the 1968 Tlatelolco Mexico massacre and cross-cultural analyses delving into case studies of Latino migrant labor in Southern California during and after the Bracero program and migrant labor camps in South Africa during and after apartheid, and the manifestation of violence through artistry in Post WWII Japan. Her current research revolves around her hometown in the Coachella Valley in Southern California focused on agricultural migrant laborers seen as essential workers given historical labor shortages, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, but before that and even now, are treated as a disposable labor force due to commodification and racialized violence. As a researcher, she seeks to understand and situate narratives of violence, as well of the memory of these instances through the community lens, and how these stories are embedded within historical and geographical spaces. She aims to give voice to stories often ignored and make her research available to communities like her own by working in Spanish as well.