Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana, M.A. and B.A. in Spanish


Position Title
Graduate Student in Spanish



Dr. Robert Irwin, Ph.D.



Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California Davis working towards a Ph.D. in Spanish Latin American Literatures, with a designated emphasis on Human Rights. 

She received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Literature and Cultures from Fresno State. 


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Associate Instructor - University of California, Davis  

SPA 1    Elementary Spanish Fall 2016, Summer 2021

SPA 2    Elementary Spanish Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2018

SPA 3    Elementary Spanish  Spring 2018, Summer 2018 session II

SPA 31  Spanish for Native Speakers I Fall 2018, Winter 2019 

SPA 169 Topics, Chicanx/Latinx Fall 2021


Teaching Assistant - University of California, Davis  

SPA 174   Chicano Culture Fall 2019 

SPA 177   California y Américal Latina Spring 2019, 2020


Book Chapter(s) 




  • National Humanities Center Podcasting in the Humanities Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • UC President's Pre-Professoriate Fellowship (PPPF), 2020-2021 
  • UCLA Law Fellows Program Central Valley (LFP-CV​), 2020 
  • Imagining America's Leading and Learning Initiative (LLI) Fellow for the Mellon Public Scholars Program, 2020
  • Imagining America PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Mellon Public Scholars Fellowship, 2019
  • Graduate Studies Summer Stipend, 2019
  • Mellon Comparative Border Studies Scholarship, 2019
  • Educational Opportunity Equity (EOP) Recognition, 2018, 2019
  • Curso - Taller de Proyecto Humanizado la deportación, Universidad de California en Davis y la Cátedra de Jorge Durand de Estudios Migratorios, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico,
  • Hemispheric Institute on the Americas Summer Research Award, 2018
  • Digital Humanities Institution Reading and Writing Group Award, 2017-2018
  • Digital Humanities Institute HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowship, 2017
  • Mellon Summer Research Fellowship​, 2017, 2018
  • Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH) Graduate Student Scholarship, October, 2017
  • Graduate Student of Color Research Award​​, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019
  • Narrativa Digital como Método de Investigación: Colaboración Comunitaria, Voz Vernácula – On behalf of the Masters and Doctoral program of Cultural Studies in El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, November 2016
Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D. Candidate (Current) in Spanish (Latin American Literatures and Cultures) with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights, University of California Davis
  • M.A. in Spanish, GPA: 3.8, May 2016, California State University Fresno
  • B.A. in Spanish, GPA: 3.6, May 2013, California State University Fresno
Honors and Awards
  • UC President's Pre-Professoriate Fellow, 2020-2021
Research Interests & Expertise
  • 20th and 21st Century Mexican, Mexican-American Literature and Culture
  • Engaged Digital Public Scholarship and Humanities
  • Testimonial Literature
  • Chicano/a Literature and Art, Border Studies: U.S. and Mexico
  • Memory Studies
  • Storytelling
  • Story mapping