Country of residence
Mariana Sabino was born and raised in Mexico. While she was studying Economics, she became interested in migration studies. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant and instructor in areas related to human rights and migrations. She obtained an M.A. in History from BUAP, where she won a CONACYT scholarship to study with Prof. Ian Hancock at UT Austin. Her Master’s thesis titled “La población Romani del Asia a México: ¿brujas, vagos y bandidos?”, deconstructs the most common stereotypes that apply to Mexican Romani people (witches, vagrants, and bandits). She has volunteered in RADOC (Romani Archives and Documentation Center) since 2013 where she has classified the collection and helped other scholars access its resources. She has participated in the production of the “Världen är din” documentary, co-curated the “Romanies in Texas” exhibit at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and helped tutor Romani students. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Spanish and Portuguese department at UT Austin. Her research is about the figure of Maria Severa Onofriana and the connections between Fado and Romani music. In 2018, she was awarded the FLAS fellowship to study Portuguese and research in Lisbon. She has also written about the history of Romani women in New Spain’s Inquisition, Latin-American Romani Literature, and the representation of the Porrajmos in Holocaust exhibits in Latin-America.