Originally from Mexico City, Gretel H. Vera-Rosas moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s. She studied photography and creative writing at El Camino Community College, and earned her B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California (USC). Professor Vera-Rosas' academic interests include Gender and Queer Studies, Latino/Latin American Studies, Critical Race Theory, Visual Studies and Critical Security Studies. Her current research takes a hemispheric feminist approach to examine the political and cultural representations of mothers who exist outside the boundaries of legality.
Professor Vera-Rosas' commitment to and passion for students expands outside of academic institutions. In the past years, she has been a mentor and advisor to inner-city youth and AB540 students, as well as a Spanish creative writing instructor for adult immigrant women.