Fernanda Soria is a doctoral student at USC Annenberg. Her research interests include the study of violence, the political anthropology of the human body and the senses, performance studies and the politics of space.

Originally from Mexico, Fernanda has always been intrigued by the idea of borders and the way borders operate to produce and uphold fantasies and fears about the world, the nation, and globalization processes.

She is interested in looking how borders, understood as racialized and gendered technologies exclusion mediate bodies, mobility, violence and ideas about “the people” across spaces.  

Soria holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla with a Magna Cum Laude distinction and a MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.

Soria was a recipient of the 2020/2021 International Fellowship from the American Association University of Women (AAUW), which supported her research thesis project examining feminicides in Mexico and the spatial implications of gender-based violence and women’s protests between 2019 and 2021.

Soria has presented her work at the New York State Communication Association Conference and her pieces have been published by Mexican scholarly journals.

Prior to pursuing her studies, Fernanda taught at the undergraduate and high-school level at Mexican institutions, and she continued her teaching training during her MA years serving as a Teacher Assistant at New York University in courses that include: Introduction to Media Studies, and History of Media and Communication undergraduate courses.