Carmella Pacheco

Carmella Scorcia Pacheco

Asst Professor - Visiting

Professional Summary

Dr. Scorcia Pacheco's research focuses on utilizing the folkoric record to recover Nuevomexicana feminine-voiced oral narratives of the 19th century and early 20th century. She includes archival studies, community engaged scholarship and fieldwork, folkloristics and expressive culture of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands in the form of literature, music, art, and language in her research. Specifically, she focuses on the poetic nature of oral art traditions and oral literature—connecting its form to meaning, also known as ethnopoetics. Through the lens of balladry, she is currently investigating child marriage in the U.S. Southwest from the territorial period and relates it to today's women's and girl's lack of bodily autonomy, especially regarding women of color. She also relates feminine-voiced balladry of New Mexico across time and space, conducting a transatlantic genealogy of the feminine voice from the earliest recorded literary traditions of the Iberian Peninsula to Mexico, and greater Mexico of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands.

Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is interested in literary, vernacular, social, and environmental justice initiatives for underrepresented communities. She co-directed the pilot program Biocultural Diversity and Social Justice in Ecuador (2013) and taught in the Conexiones summer immersion program in Granada, Nicaragua (2012) with the University of New Mexico. She has extensive teaching and supervising experience in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Programs at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.

At the University of Arizona, she was the Interim Director for the Spanish department's International Internship (SPAN 493) and collaborated with La Universidad de La Rioja, Spain (2021). This virtual exchange program worked towards the United Nations "Envision 2030" Sustainable Development Initiative. Specifically, it focused on Immigration in relation to the UN's sustainable development goal, "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions."

Currently, Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is teaching Latin American Film and Spanish Conversation and Composition. Cross-listed between the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she will also be teaching the graduate seminar: "Tracing the Feminine Narrative Voice: Trans-Atlantic and Hemispheric Perspectives" and the undergraduate course, "Mexican World Cultures" (Spring 2024).


Ph.D. in Spanish: University of Arizona 2023 (Border Studies)

M.A. in Spanish: University of New Mexico 2013 (Southwest Hispanic Studies)

B.A. in Spanish: University of New Mexico 2006

B.B.A. in Marketing and International Management: University of New Mexico 2006


Peer Reviewed Publications

(2016. ) “Witch Tales of El Guache: An Ethnopoetic Analysis.” .Journal of the Southwest , , 58 (4 ) ,

(2020. ) “Voces Nuevo Mexicanas: Power, Gender, and Recovery in “El corrido de la votación” for the Centennial Celebration of New Mexico’s Suffrage Movement.” .New Mexico Historical Review , , 95 (4 ) ,

(2023. ) (Under Review) “Recovering the Emotional Core of the Only Legal Hanging of a Woman in New Mexico Through La finada de Paula Ángel” .Journal of American Folklore, ,

Other Publications

(2021. ) Review on “Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland.” .Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 25 ,

(2020. ) “Ballots and Ballads: New Mexican Corridistas Keep “La Votación” Alive.” .BorderLore Online Magazine,

(2019. ) “A Centennial Glimpse into New Mexico’s Suffrage Movement through “El corrido de la votación”” .Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Online Magazine,

(2023. ) “Querido Nuevo México.” .New Mexico Poetry Anthology,

(In Press) “Las Hermanas.” .We Are Here to Represent,

(2015. ) “La mujer de mi vida” .Nuestras Raíces , 27 (3 ) ,

(In Press) “Buscando la palabra” .Intersecciones Hispánicas,


Paper Presentations

(10-11-2023. ) Recovering the Emotional Core of nuevomexicanas during the Territorial Period through la finada de Paula Ángel .Virtual.

(03-30-2023. ) La finada de Paula Ángel: Poetic Balladry and the Final Cry .Silver City, NM.

(10-15-2022. ) Feminine-Voiced Balladry of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands: Poetics of “La indita de Juliana Ortega” .Tulsa, OK. Conference.

Reclamando nuestra historia, lenguaje, y cultura en Nuevo México por la indita .Virtual. Conference.

(01-08-2022. ) Activating Silenced Narratives of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Classroom .Virtual. Conference.

(03-18-2021. ) Voces Nuevo Mexicanas: Power, Gender & Preservation of el corrido de “la votación”—A Centennial Celebration of New Mexico’s Suffrage Movement .Virtual.

(02-28-2020. ) Critical Language Awareness through Music and Activism in the SHL classroom .Albuquerque, NM.

(10-19-2019. ) “Pedagogical Approaches for Incorporating Folklore as a Form of Creating and Building Community in Spanish as a Heritage Language” .Baltimore, MD.

(04-05-2019. ) Borderlands Protest as Forms of Embodied and Visual Resistance in Creating Social Change .San Diego, CA.

(04-05-2019. ) “The Álamo of Nuevo México: A Cultural Analysis of Bent’s Old Fort” .Albuquerque, NM.

(02-22-2019. ) “Theorizing Towards a New Cultural Hybridity and Cultural Difference” .Tucson, AZ.

(04-25-2024. ) Performance as Recovery in the U.S. Southwest Borderlands: How Traditional Folk Forms Are Recovered through Community-Engaged Scholarship .Houston, TX.

Honors and Awards

2022 -2023 American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women (AAUW)

2022 -2023 Contingent and Community Scholars Writing Fellowship, Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies,Colorado College

2022 -2023 Border Lab Fellowship, Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry, University of Arizona

2022 -2022 Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona

2022 -2022 Graduate Student Research Grant, College of Humanities, University of Arizona

2021 -2021 Mellon Fronteridades Fellowship, Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry, University of Arizona

2019 Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) Fellow, Smithsonian Institution – Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

2018 -2023 University Fellow, University of Arizona

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