Arely Zimmerman

Assistant Professor of Intercollegiate Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
With Pomona Since: 2018
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  • Expertise


    Arely Zimmerman earned her Ph.D. in political science at UCLA.  Her research on the politics of migration, transnationalism, race, citizenship and activism has been published in Latino Studies and the International Journal of Communication. Prior to joining Pomona College, Professor Zimmerman was a faculty fellow in the department of social and cultural analysis at NYU and a Mellon Fellow in Social Movements at the University of Southern California.

    She is a co-author of By Any Media Necessary: the New Youth Activism (New York University Press, 2018) which examines the political significance of social media in youth organizing and civic participation. She is currently at work on a book about the political activism of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Politics of migration
    • Race, gender & citizenship
    • Central America
    • Social media
    • Social movements
    • Youth activism
    • Latino/a politics
  • Work


    Henry Jenkins, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Sangita Shresthova, and Arely M. Zimmerman (2016). By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism. NYU Press. New York, NY.

    Arely M. Zimmerman, "Transmedia Testimonio: Examining Undocumented Youth’s Political Activism in the Digital Age." International Journal of Communication 10 (2016): 21. DOI: 1932–8036/20160005

    Arely M. Zimmerman, "Contesting citizenship from below: Central Americans and the struggle for inclusion." Latino Studies (2015) 13:28. doi:10.1057/lst.2014.71

    Mizuko Ito, Elisabeth Soep, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, and Arely M. Zimmerman (2015). "Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures." Curriculum Inquiry 45:1, 10-29, DOI: 10.1080/03626784.2014.995063

    Arely M. Zimmerman, “Dreams Detained: Undocumented Latino Youth and the DREAM Movement” in NACLA Report on the Americas, Latino Student Movements: Defending Education. December 2011.

  • Education


    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

    M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

    Recent Courses Taught

    • CHST 28: Intro to Central American Studies (Spring 2020)
    • CHST 132: Immigrant Youth Activism (Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
    • CHST 128: Latinx Citizenship (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
    • CHST 136: Latinx Social Movements (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)