Felicia Salinas-Moniz is a southern California Chicana transplant now creating home in Rhode Island. Identifying as a first-generation college student and McNair scholar, she attended San Jose State University and received her BA in creative arts with a minor in Mexican-American studies in 2005. She went on to attend Brown University, where she earned her PhD in American studies in 2013 and currently serves as assistant director for the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender. Salinas-Moniz is currently teaching at Brown and RISD. Her scholarly interests include Chicana/Latinx studies, popular culture, girlhood and women of color feminisms.