Yareli Castro Sevilla

Yareli Castro Sevilla

PhD Candidate, American Studies
Secondary field in Latinx Studies
Yareli Castro Sevilla
Yareli Castro Sevilla is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Latinx Studies. She is a migrant from Culiacán, Sinaloa who studies, broadly, 20th and 21st Latinx and Latin American studies, migration and diaspora studies, cultural studies, and gender studies. 

Her proposed dissertation takes a migrant-centered approach to explore Sinaloense “Imaginarios de Sinidad,” that is, Chinese-Mexican identities, migratory processes, spaces of community and cultural subjectivities, and transnational ties. Through her research, she hopes to shift the narrative of México as only a migrant-sending country to one that has been shaped by outmigration and migration coming in. To do this, she wants to study how migration, citizenship, nationalism, and diaspora are configured in México. As a formerly undocumented immigrant and a descendant of Sinaloense Chinese-Mexicans, immigration is an integral part of her story and a guiding factor to her scholarship and approaches to research. Having come from a lineage of migrants, she is passionate about storytelling and a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying immigration.