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Cheney Alvarado


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Ph.D. Student

Fields: Latin American and Caribbean History, Gender and Sexuality
Education: B.A., Spanish University of Central Oklahoma (2016); M.A. Latin American and Caribbean History, University of Central Oklahoma (2018)
Supervising Faculty: Dr. Julio Capó

My research focuses on the Young Lords Party, a Puerto Rican street gang that transformed into a political organization in the late 1960s through the 1970s. I analyze the integral role of women in the organization and the ways in which ideas of sexuality and machismo changed within the Young Lords over time, as well as how women utilized sexuality to gain representation and positions of power both within the private sphere of the Young Lords and in the public sphere of their regional communities. I am able to continue this research through the Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship.