About

Dr. Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is an interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar. She is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz.

Dr. Pabón-Colón received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. 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.

She published her first book—Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora— with NYU Press in June 2018. Drawing on the lives of over 100 women in 23 countries, Pabón-Colón argues that graffiti art is an unrecognized but crucial space for the performance of feminism. She demonstrates how it builds communities of artists, reconceptualizes the Hip Hop masculinity of these spaces, and rejects notions of “girl power.” A rich and engaging look at women artists in a male-dominated subculture, Graffiti Grrlz reconsiders the intersections of feminism, hip hop, and youth performance.

Her articles are published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyWomen & Performance: a journal of feminist theoryPerformance Research, Theatre History Studies, and TDR: the journal of performance studies. She was an AAUW Dissertation Fellow (2012-13) and a 2012 TEDWomen speaker.