Alesha Claveria


Alesha Claveria

PhD Candidate

Alesha Claveria is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-Santa Barbara, a Eugene Cota-Robles fellow, and a Ford fellow. Her research includes Native North American theater and performance and Indigenous theory. She holds an M.S. in Public Relations from Montana State University - Billings, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Fiction. She has presented her work at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Literary Association, the American Academy of Religion, and twice on plenary panels at the American Society for Theatre Research.

Thanks to a partnership with the Global Latinidades Project, Claveria was twice able to serve as Artistic Director for Chicanx playwright Carlos Morton's activist theater troupe, Teatro Tour. For four summers, she served as Director/Instructor for Nuestra Voz, a summer theater camp program offered in cooperation with I.V. Arts and the Department of Theater and Dance to serve the primarily Latinx teens of the St. George Youth Center. Claveria served as Associate Dramaturg for UCSB's production of Venus and appeared in Santa Barbara Dramatic Women's One Night Stands. With her partner, Guil Claveria, she co-wrote the musical, Monster Beautiful, which appeared in a workshop version at the L.A. Fringe Festival in 2017. Her 2020 play, The Great Dying, which explores epidemic/pandemic as an extension of colonialism, was supported by a UCSB Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 and its Impacts grant.

Claveria is an active member of UCSB's American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Academic Council where she has served as president of the American Indian Grad Student Alliance, an officer for the American Indian and Indigenous Arts Collective, and one of the first two ever AIIC Research Associates. She is currently working with the AIIC to support their efforts to create an American Indian and Indigenous Studies department at UCSB.

GLP Research Assistant