Spanish and Portuguese
- PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara.
- MA in Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara.
- BA in Spanish & Latin American & Iberian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Currently a PhD candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, Julissa Peña's dissertation focuses on 21st century Venezuelan and US Latino Literature, how mass media shapes politics, dictatorship, and the State.
Julissa's research interests include: Contemporary Latin American Literature & US Latino Literature, Politics, and racial & ethnic politics.
Translation Studies & Applied Linguistics