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MariaCarolina Sintura is an international Ph.D student from Colombia.As a formalist that studies legal proceedings and legal decisions as sites of cultural meaning-making, her dissertation analyzes how international students have been imagined by U.S. law and culture and how these imaginaries have been exploited for political purposes.

She received her undergraduate degree in Literary Studies at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and an M.A in English from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Before joining UCSB she was an English instructor at Howard University.

MariaCarolina was the Graduate Student Fellow at the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center in 2020-21, an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center  Public Humanities Fellow in 2021-22, and the Graduate Research Assistant at Las Maestras Center in 2022-23.

Research Areas

  • African American and/or African Diasporic Literatures
  • American Literature
  • American Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Global Literatures
  • Postcolonial, Migration, and/or Diaspora Studies