Yareli Castro Sevilla
Yareli Castro Sevilla is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Latinx Studies. An immigrant from Culiacán, Sinaloa, México, she studies, broadly, 20th and 21st century Latinx migration and diaspora, cultural studies, and gender studies. She graduated from UC Irvine with degrees in History and Political Science.Yareli’s proposed dissertation takes a migrant-centered approach to explore Sinaloense “Imaginarios de Sinidad,” that is, Chinese-Mexican culture(s), identity, migratory processes, spaces where they built communities, and their transnational ties. Through her research, she hopes to shift the narrative of México as only a migrant-sending country to one that has been shaped by outmigration and migration coming in. To do this, she wants to study how migration, citizenship, nationalism, and diaspora are configured in México. As a formerly undocumented immigrant and a descendant of Sinaloense Chinese-Mexicans, immigration is an integral part of her story and a guiding factor to her scholarship and approaches to research. Having come from a lineage of migrants, she is passionate about storytelling and a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying immigration.