Dr. Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is a feminist performance studies scholar. Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, she is the first Puerto Rican woman to be hired and tenured in the department, and one of a handful of women of color to teach in the program since its founding as the Women’s Studies Program in 1974. Dr. Pabón-Colón is also an affiliate in the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Program. The SUNY New Paltz campus is situated on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Munsee Lenape people. As a diasporic Puerto Rican settler displaced from her own ancestral homeland by U.S. imperialism, Dr. Pabón-Colón advocate anti-colonial politics and support indigenous efforts to decolonize.
Her teaching and research areas include Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Cultural Studies (Subcultural, Urban, Youth, Digital); Performance Studies/Theories; Black and Latina/o/x Performance and Visual Culture Studies/Theories (specialization in Hip-Hop Studies); Women of Color Feminisms; LGBT & Queer Studies/Theories; and the Digital Humanities. Her research is primarily concerned with how historically underrepresented and disenfranchised individuals and communities negotiate the relationship between identity, belonging, oppression, and liberation through performance (on and off stage). Her goal is always to utilize her privileged position within academia to amplify, foster, and co-create practices of liberation from white settler cisheteropatriarchal ideologies and institutions.