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Paulina A. Serrano

Paulina A. Serrano

Ph.D. Candidate in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Weaver Building
108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802


  1. Ph.D. Candidate, Dual-Title History and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  2. M.S. California State University, Fullerton, Kinesiology, August 2016
  3. B.A. California State University, Fullerton, History, Minor in Anthropology, 2013


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality at The Pennsylvania State University. I am pursuing a graduate specialization in Latinx Studies and Kinesiology. My research interests include 20th century U.S. history, borderlands history, gender and sexuality in sport, and Latina/x sport history. My current research project focuses on Escaramuza and the formation of community and belonging in the U.S.

Courses Taught

Latina/o Studies 100-Fall 2019


Lawrence J. and Gretchen McCabe Graduate Scholarship, 2019

North American Society for Sport History Diversity Scholarship Winner, 2018

North American Society for Sport History Diversity Scholarship Honorable Mention, 2017
Awarded the nomination to attend the International Olympic Academy Summer Seminar in Olympia, Greece. (Unable to attend), 2014

Ian Buchanan Memorial Scholarship from the International Society for Olympic Historians, 2014


Graduate Student Representative, North American Society for Sport History, 2017-2019

Graduate Director of the Center for Sociocultural Sport Research, California State University, Fullerton, 2013-2016


In Press. Galarza, Litzy and Rodriguez Burciaga, Paulina A., “Un Puente a la Mesa: The Role of Cultural Consultants in the Production of Disney/Pixar’s Coco,” in Mediating Intergenerational Cultural Narratives in Disney/Pixar’s Coco.” In Anthology on First Generation American Media edited by Omatayo Banjo pp unknown. Publisher TBD, date TBD.

Forthcoming. Sikes, Michelle, Jake Fredericks, Matthew Lyons, Emmanuel Macedo, Rucha Pandit, Michael Poorman, Paulina Rodriguez Burciaga and Mark Dyreson, “’We Didn’t Kill Any

Babies’”: The 1988 Rebel Track Tour of South Africa.

Wrynn, Alison, and Rodriguez Burciaga, Paulina A., “Origin Stories: Reflections on the First Ten Members of the National Academy of Kinesiology.” Kinesiology Review 6 no. 2 (May 2017): 178-186