Adelaida Shelley is a student in the B.A./M.A. program for Social and Cultural Analysis. Despite having lived in the United States for over 10 years, she is Mexican in both origin and nationality. She was the office manager for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project for 2 years before committing to her studies full-time. Intellectual interests include American cultural history, queer and transgender studies, U.S. empire, and postcolonial theory. Her undergraduate thesis, titled "A Constitution for Outer Space: Cosmopolitanism, Ontology, and the Earth in the United Nation's Treaty on the Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies," was a discursive analysis of the epistemological production of "Planet Earth" as a singular, cohesive, and ontologically sealed whole in post-war international diplomacy. Her masters thesis, on the other hand, is tentatively focused on the relationship between blue laws—particularly Sunday alcohol sale laws—and American notions of secularism and constitutionality in the mid- to late-20th century. She is also a transgender woman.