Kimberly Soriano

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Graduate Student


Race and Nations


B.A. Chicana/o Studies University of California, Los Angeles 2016

B.A. African American Studies University of California, Los Angeles 2016


Kimberly Soriano (she/they) is a queer Oaxacan and Guerrense doctoral candidate in the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a fellow with Third Wave Fund and American Association for University Women (AAUW). Soriano’s current research is at the intersections of Feminist Studies, Critical Latinx Geographies Studies and Carceral Studies centering a gendered analysis of Los Angeles Police Department’s anti-Black policing technologies utilized toward the project of modernity. Simultaneously, the project investigates how marginalized and racialized genders in Central Los Angeles navigate landscapes of policing and create their own styles, sounds, and visions of belonging that refuse banishment of gentrification. Kimberly has ten years of community involvement ranging from filmmaking and writing as well as serving as a coordinating member of Gender and Sexuality in Stop LAPD Spying Coalition for two years. Currently, they organize with Sex Worker Outreach Project Los Angeles. Soriano serves as a research assistant in Our Data Bodies, a transnational and community-grounded data justice project currently investigating the role of surveillance in the workplace.


Area of study: Chicana Feminism, Carceral Regime, Abolition, Criminalization, Weaponized femininity, Suicedad,