Cecilia Márquez is a doctoral student in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011 where she majored in Black Studies and minored in Gender and Sexuality Studies. While at Swarthmore, in addition to participation in various campus communities, Márquez was named a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.
Márquez specializes in African American and Latino History as well as Gender History. She was recently named a Smithsonian Latino Studies Predoctoral Fellow where she will continue her work on the role of Latinos in the Civil Rights Movement organization, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). Additionally, this project has received funding from the Social Science Research Council as well as the Vice President's Office for Research at the University of Virginia.
In 2012 Márquez was named a fellow in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' South Atlantic Studies Fellowship in the Public Humanities where she began her work in the Digital Humanities. She was recently named a Praxis Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Scholars Lab.
In addition to her scholarly work, Márquez also helped found the African American Reading Group at the University of Virginia which hosted an interdisciplinary graduate conference, "Historicizing the Present" in February 2013.