Amelia Rodriguez (she/her) is a Writing & Literature major in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Born and raised in the Coachella Valley in Southern California, she received Associate of Arts degrees in both English and Liberal Arts from the College of the Desert (COD). She has also studied at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, as well as throughout Iceland, where her research focused on the impact of globalization on Icelandic modes of dress. At COD, she served as a peer writing tutor in the college’s Tutoring and Skills Center. Additionally, she was an assistant editor at Palm Springs Life magazine.

Currently, Amelia is a Mellon Humanities Fellow at UCSB and a freelance magazine writer. Her work has been published in Palm Springs Life and its associated Guide. Her research focuses include the intersection between queer theory, sound studies, and rhetoric and queer embodiment through language. She is interested in climate advocacy, particularly within the humanities. She is also a poet. Some of her earliest pieces were published in a children’s anthology of poetry, and she is currently in beginning drafts of a poetry chapbook exploring community and intimacy. She plans to pursue a PhD in Writing Studies and eventually teach at the university level. She may be reached at karodriguez@ucsb.edu.