Lettycia Terrones

Doctoral Student

PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

MLIS (children's and youth services concentration), University of California, Los Angeles

BA, English, University of California, Berkeley

Research focus

I use interdisciplinary methods, particularly Chicana Feminist Theory and Performance Studies, to interrogate strategies for minoritarian resistance and survivance deployed in the picturebook art form. My project considers how aesthetic/political strategies contribute to library services for children and families. Through this work, I aim to foster conversations between critical ethnic studies approaches in library science curriculum and children's library services.

Honors and Awards

  • Children's Literature Association, Graduate Student Essay Ph.D. Honor Award, 2018
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Nicholson Graduate Fellowship, 2018
  • Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Research Fellowship, 2018
  • ALA Spectrum Scholar, 2006

Publications & Papers

Terrones, Lettycia. “Praxis of Refusal: Self-Fashioning and Throwing Attitude in The First Rule of Punk.” Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx/Latinx Young Adult Literature, edited by Trevor Boffone and Cristina Herrera, University Press of Mississippi, 2020. 

Terrones, Lettycia. "Tracing Activist Genealogies in Latina Children’s Librarianship." Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, vol. 1, no. 2, 2019, pp.1-27.

Terrones, Lettycia. "Pedagogies of the Home in the Art and Narrative of Chicana/o Picturebooks." Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, vol. 33, no. 5, 2017 pp. 137-163.

Terrones, Lettycia and Beatriz E. Maldonado, "Death by Policing: Race, State Violence, and the Possibility of Justice," Illinois 150: The 21st Century Research University and the Public Good, edited by Kevin Hamilton, Windsor & Downs Press, 2019, https://doi.org/10.21900/wd.8

Terrones, Lettycia. "Águila: Personal Reflections on Reading Chicanx Picturebooks from the Inside Out." Voices of resistance: Essays on Chican@ children’s literature, edited by Alamillo et al., Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, pp. 47-58.

Terrones, Lettycia. "Técnica Con/Safos: Visual Iconography in Latino Picture Books as a Tool for Cultural Affirmation." Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their Words, Their Worlds, edited by Clark et al., Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, pp. 241-264.

Additional Publications

Terrones, Lettycia. "A Response to the Indigenous Studies Lecture for the Modern Criticism and Theory Lecture Series at Illinois." Kritik, a public forum on theory, culture, and politics hosted by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 19 November 2019.

Terrones, Lettycia. "A Reflection on My Experience of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell." The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018.

Terrones, Lettycia. "Twenty Years in the Making: Latino Firsts at the 2016 Youth Media Awards Began with Pura Belpré." School Library Journal, vol. 62, no. 3, March 2016, pp. 56-58.