Jacqueline Barrios studies the global 19th century, literature, and the city, which she extends in interdisciplinary, socially engaged projects within the public humanities. Her current scholarship investigates London-Pacific trans-urban imaginaries—geographies of East Asian Pacific Rim entanglement with the British capital. As a member and former teaching fellow of UCLA’s Urban Humanities Initiative, a research program linking architecture, urban planning and humanities scholars, she co-leads DIGITAL SALON, using podcasts to explore emergent research and artistic practices for remaking and reimagining the city. Her interdisciplinary interests are expressed by embedding her scholarship within communities as founder of LitLabs, a public humanities project hub fusing visual performing arts and site-specific research with the study of literary texts, in order to document, animate and uplift the life-worlds of communities who interpret them.
Dr. Barrios holds a PhD in English from the University of California Los Angeles, a Master of English from the University of California at Irvine, a Master of Education and a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a veteran educator at LAUSD, where she has served as a public school teacher for many years in South Los Angeles.