La Matanza, or the killing/the slaughter, of 1932 in El Salvador is considered to be one of the largest episodes of state repression witnessed in the Americas in the twentieth century (Almeida 2008). My doctoral research aims to cultivate indigenous-centered scholarship that considers the ways in which gender intersects with the lived experiences and social memories of state violence.
I am particularly interested in exploring how understanding Nahuat women’s memories of La Matanza can teach us about collectively bearing witness to massacre, and how these intergenerational memories can, most importantly, offer solutions for healing and reconciliation.
Danielle Bermúdez is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities at UC Merced. She earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from UC Merced, and a B.A. in Feminist Studies with a minor in Global Peace from UC Santa Barbara. Her doctoral research focuses on Nahuat women's memories of state violence in El Salvador, and how indigenous epistemologies of healing and resistance reimagine possibilities of justice and dignity. Danielle is a recipient of the Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship at UC Merced, and earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study/Research grant (10 months, El Salvador). She has received an Outstanding Teaching Award and an Outstanding Graduate Student Award from UC Merced, and was a Top Ten Finalist in the campus's GradSlam competition.
Danielle has previously worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced, and provided editorial assistance to the campus' peer-reviewed journal Trans-Modernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. She has served as a graduate student representative on the UC University Committee on Research Policy, and Chair of the Graduate and Professional Committee of the UC Student Association. Danielle is presently an officer for the Graduate Students of Color Coalition.