Alessandra Rosa

Alessandra Rosa

Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Sociology, University of South Florida-Main Campus

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About Alessandra

Rosa’s research focuses on social movements, education, media discourses, and spaces of resistance centered on student activism and digital activism. Her geographical focus is Latin America and the Caribbean as well as their diasporas in the U.S. Overarching themes in Rosa’s writing include resistance performances, emotions, alternative media, cultural identity, migration, among others. Recently, she explored the intersections of Puerto Rican post-disaster migration and trauma. Rosa continues to serve as a mentor to members of Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA).


Understanding Puerto Rican Voting in the United States

    Juan Arroyo-Flores , Elizabeth Aranda

In the News

Opinion: "Cantos y Consignas: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance," Alessandra Rosa, Mobilizing Ideas, June 3, 2013.


"Una Universidad Tomada: Resistance Performances during the First Wave of the 2010-2011 University of Puerto Rico Student Movement" in Practices of Resistance in the Caribbean: Narratives, Aesthetics, and Politics, edited by Wiebke Beushausen,‎ Miriam Brandel,‎ Joseph T. Farquharson,‎ Marius Littschwager,‎ Annika McPherson, &‎ Julia Roth (Routledge, 2018), 169-193.

Describes the 2010-2011 student strike at University of Puerto Rico (UPR) campuses. Illustrates their usage of alternative media and how alternative and traditional media representations can influence activist collective identity.

"Student Activists’ Affective Strategies during the 2010-2011 Siege of the University of Puerto Rico" International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 36, no. 11 (2016): 824-842.

Examines later stages of the 2010-2011 student strike at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Focuses on the emotional narratives that emerged through student tactics and encounters with police.

"smArt Action: ¡a Estudiar y a Luchar!" (with Tina Orlandini and Stephan Andreas). ARC Magazine, no. 7 (May 2013): 112-117.

Highlights an exhibit showcasing art and expression of University of Puerto Rico students during their 2010-2011 strike.

"Student Activism: (re)Constructing Spaces of Resistance" Sargasso: Public Education: Crisis and Dialogue at the University of Puerto Rico 1 (2013): 73-76.

Examines how students during the 2010-2011 student strike at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) used citizen journalism and alternative media to construct their own spaces of resistance, in contrast to the administration's investment in traditional media advertising.