Quién Soy/About Me

Dr. Marlén Ríos-Hernández (she/hers/ella) is Xicana Punk Musicologist and Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She is also a former 2019-2022 UC President’s UCLA Postdoctoral Fellow.

Queer Feminista. Abolitionist. Educator.

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Hecho en Southeast Los Angeles by Mexican immigrants.

“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
― Assata Shakur

Research Interests

Chicanx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Horror and Punk Cinema, Critical Ethnographies, Sound Studies, Hemispheric Punk Movements and Policing “Post”-COINTELPRO, Feminist Musicology, Punk Pedagogy and Archival Research Methods.

In the Media




Founded in 2019 by QTPOC and BIPOC grad and undergrad students and comrades from across ivory towers, PunkCon is a bi-annual conference and back yard show dedicated to centering and celebrating the diversity of punk artists, musicians, activists, and scholars. Our namesake is from our first gathering in 2019 held at UC Riverside.

We are grassroots and community led. We are sustained by the generous contributions from our community and by academic institutions.

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“Don’t Call Us Posers: Beyond White, Straight, Suburban Punk Histories. Society for U.S. Intellectual History Blog at CUNY. 2022.

Policing Punk and the Surveilling of Difference: The Elks Lodge Police Riot in the Context of “Post”-COINTELPRO Los Angeles Aztlán: a Journal of Chicano Studies. Vol. 47, Number 1, Spring 2022.

“‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!”: A Queer Chicana (re)covery of the Pogo and the Story of How Punk Became White” (eds) Gina Arnold and George McKay. The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock. New York: Oxford University Press. 2020.

Book Endorsement: The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs by Amalia L. Ortiz (2019).

“Book Review: Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot.” Vivien Goldman. Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019. 216 pp. Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 33, Number 1, pp. 176–178, Electronic ISSN: 1533-1598.

“‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!’: Chicana Hollywood Punks Negotiate ‘h/home’ After Hardcore Takes L.A.” S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017.

“If La Llorona Was a Punk Rocker: Detonguing The Off-Key Caos and Screams of Alice Bag.” S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017. Currently being revised for SoundingOut! Anniversay.

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