Rutgers GSE CMSI

Kenia Rodriguez

Kenia Rodriguez is pursuing a B.A. in English Literature at California State University, Northridge. Her research interests include 21st century children’s and young adult literature, the relationship between culture and gender in children’s literature, and Latina Critical Race Theory. She is currently working on an independent Mellon-funded research project that implements a psycho-biographical approach to analyzing the literary presentations of trauma effects in Reyna Grande’s adult memoir, The Distance Between Us, as well as her age-adapted version, The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition. Kenia is a first-generation college student who aspires to be a professor and aims to produce scholarship on understudied Chicana literature for young adults.