Breanna Escamilla (she/her/hers) is a first year graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Cultural Anthropology where she is an Illinois Distinguished Fellow. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign occupies the stolen traditional lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations.
Her research broadly engages queer womxn of color as they utilize social media for the purposes of community-place making, cultural production, & textual/visual discourse. She broadly works through woc feminisms, conceptualizations of space, and queer theory to understand how queer womxn of color come to embody and navigate online spaces/community. She earned her B.A in Anthropology with a double minor in African American and African Studies and Chicanx/Latinx Studies at Michigan State University.
Raised between the valley of Texas and the west side of Michigan, Escamilla is a first generation high school and college graduate. She most recently served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Social Science at Michigan State, the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Womxn of Color Initiatives at Michigan State, and is currently a Contributing Editor for the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology.
Breanna was featured by the College of Social Science at Michigan State for delivering the 2018 Student Commencement Speech.