Sara Rodriguez-Arguelles Riva

Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Student

Sara Rodríguez-Argüelles Riva is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate at the Ohio State University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has completed a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Latina Studies.

Her research and teaching interests center around immigration, asylum-seekers, refugees, and State violence.


Riva, S. (Forthcoming, under review with University of Illinois Press). “Exploring Alternative Proposals for Prostitution Laws through an Analysis of the Swedish and Dutch Models” in Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy-An interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by C. Korieh.

 Riva, S. (2017). “Across the border and into the cold: Hieleras and the punishment of asylum-seeking Central American women in the United States”. Citizenship Studies Journal.

 Riva, S. (2015). Book ReviewThe Biopolitics of Race. Punishment and Society.

Teaching Experience:

The Ohio State University

WGSS 1110 – Gender, Sex, & Power; Instructor of Record (Spring 2014, Autumn 2015), Recitation Leader (Autumn 2013)

WGSS 2215 – Reading Women Writers; Instructor of Record (Autumn 2014; Spring 2015; Spring 2016)

WGSS 3320: Special Topics Course designed by me and approved by my department –Immigration, Gender, Sexuality, and the U.S. State (Autumn 2016)

WGSS 2215 – Reading Women Writers Online; Instructor of Record (Spring 2017)

WGSS 2367.01 – Reading U.S. Women Writers: Text and Context; Instructor of Record (Spring 2014)

Areas of Expertise
  • Immigration
  • Asylum
  • Latinidad
  • Sex-Work
  • M.A. Gender Studies. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • M.A. Humanitarian Medicine. ICEI. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • B.A. Anthropology. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain
  • B.Sc. Theoretical Physics. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain