Marlen Rios Hernandez


PhD, MA, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside (UCR)

BA, Women’s Studies and Musicology (concentration on Chicanx Music and Cultural Production), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)



Dr. Marlén Ríos-Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Trained in Ethnic Studies and Musicology, her research investigates the genealogies between policing and SoCal punk communities as told by queer Black, Chicana, Latina punk women and femmes in the aftermath of the counterintelligence programs (COINTELPRO). She is a founding member of PunkCon–– a biannual conference celebrating punk scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and communities.

Research interests: Chicanx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Film, Critical Ethnographies, Sound Studies, Hemispheric Punk Movements and Policing “Post”-COINTELPRO, Feminist Musicology, Punk Pedagogy and Archival Research Methods.



“Book Review: Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot.” Vivien Goldman. Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019. 216 pp. Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 33, Number 1, pp. 176–178, Electronic ISSN: 1533-1598.



“Post-COINTELPRO Punk in L.A. and the Elks Lodge Police Riot.” Aztlán: a Journal of Chicano Studies. Under review.


“‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!”: A Queer Chicana (re)covery of the Pogo and the Story of How Punk Became White” (eds) Gina Arnold and George McKay. The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.


Book Endorsement: The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs by Amalia L. Ortiz (2019).


“‘Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo!’: Chicana Hollywood Punks Negotiate ‘h/home’ After Hardcore Takes L.A.” S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017.

“If La Llorona Was a Punk Rocker: Detonguing The Off-Key Caos and Screams of Alice Bag.” S/O: Sounding Out!, 2017.