Rossana ‘Rose’ Diaz (she/her) is a second year international PhD student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Originally from Temuco, Chile, land of the Mapuche, the Andes mountains, numerous lakes and eternal evergreens. She attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performing Arts and Eastern Kentucky University for her Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her thesis: “'Savages',' Animals' and 'Criminals': Capitalism, Racial Threat and the U.S Long war on Immigration” focused on the systematic dehumanization of racialized others throughout U.S immigration history, and its lingering expressions in current political discourse.
Her interest on race relations studies began during her time in Berea, as she explored and studied African American Theater in the United States. Understanding the power of art as an avenue for expression, representation and change was fundamental in the way she positioned herself as a learner and scholar. In addition to her research interests on race relations in the United States, she is also interested in the cultural and sociopolitical implications of the aftermath of authoritarianism in contemporary Chile. This includes issues of imperialism, state-construction and state violence.
Rose is currently serving as a member of the department’s Climate Committee and as a proxy Graduate Student Senate representative. She is also a member and officer of LAGS (Latinx Association of Graduate Students)
She has taught several courses over the last years. Among them: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Social Problems, Social Movements and currently she is teaching Criminology for the 2021-2022 academic year.