Dr. Marlén Ríos-Hernández is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California and a former 2020-2021 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA.
Her dissertation “We Were There”: From Alice Bag to Emos The War on Punk and Other Décadas Podridas is a full length hemispheric comparative study of queer Chicana and Latina participants in the Los Angeles/Southern California and Latin American punk scenes from 1977-2001 respectively. Her book manuscript will focus on early policing in SoCal punk "Post"-COINTELPRO.
Marlén discovered punk amidst the student walk outs during the early 2000s in Southeast LA namely in the South Gate punk scene. Home to the famous Allen Theater and Cafe Kashmir, the South Gate scene gave her some of her earliest memories interviewing with punk fans, bands, and artists. To this day, she dedicates her ganas, research, and community work to the punk scenes that nurtured her throughout her youth. Born in Huntington Park, California to Mexican immigrants she identifies as a queer Chicana and currently resides with her partner in Long Beach. She is also Co-Founder and organizer to UC Riverside's Punk Conference, the only bi-annual conference dedicated to punk culture. In her spare time, she is part of a horror community-based bookclub.