Natalya Rodriguez

Natalya Rodriguez

Specialization: Material Culture of Japan, Anthropology of Dress, Asian Migration and Diaspora

Email:natalyarodriguez@ucsb.edu

Research Interests

My research focuses on the ways that people use cloth and dress as tools for identity formation, political advocacy, social power and economic revitalization. I am particularly interested in the ways that heritage textiles and traditional forms of dress are used for these ends, and in the strategies and struggles of various stakeholders to capitalize on the nonmaterial values embodied in these textiles and dress forms: culture, identity, and difference.

Academic History

  • M.A. East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Thesis: “Kimono Threads: Unraveling Ontologies, Epistemologies, and Ethics”
    • Committee: Dr. Jeffrey T. Martin (Chair), Dr. Robert Tierney, Dr. Roderick Ike Wilson

Teaching & Research Experience

  • Summer & Fall 2020: Research Assistant, “Yellow Peril Redux: America’s Cultural Responses to the Economic Rise of Japan and China” (Digital Humanities Project), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PI: Dr. SHAO Dan)
  • Fall 2020: TA, EALC 230 “Pop Cultures of East Asia,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awards

  • 2021-2026: Central Doctoral Scholars Fellowship, UCSB
  • 2020: EALC Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019-2021: Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019-2020: CEAPS Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019-2020: EALC Ralph Tyler Award for Best Japanese Language Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign