Michael Anthony Turcios

PhD Student

Research Interests:

Michael Anthony Turcios’ research is grounded on a relational study of the barrios of Los Angeles and the banlieues of Paris, France. Influenced by postcolonial theories, Turcios explores urban archipelagic assemblages to study displacement, notably concerning: police brutality, evictions, disappearances, and deportations. In analyzing political posters and prints, murals, pamphlets, and moving images, Turcios explains how artists, activists, and community members interpret, visualize, and resist regimes of displacement.

Turcios’ separate and important project considers the question of Palestine through a Chicanx/Latinx framework.

Research Areas:

Postcolonialism; Chicanx/Latinx studies; Francophone studies; Comparative Literature and Culture; Critical Ethnic studies; Migration.


Dr. Priya Jaikumar (Cinema and Media Studies)

Dissertation Committee Members:

Dr. Anikó Imre (Cinema and Media Studies); Dr. Christine Acham (Cinema and Media Studies); Dr. Panivong Norindr (French); Dr. Olivia C. Harrison (French and Middle East Studies); Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black (UCLA Chicana/o Studies and Art History).

Email: maturcio@usc.edu