Hola! Thank you for visiting my site!
I’m Jessica, a Boricua from Boston (Dorchester) living in the Hudson Valley. Though I consider myself a dog person, I have three cats. I’m a proud member of the #academicmom club, and get most of my writing done when everyone else is asleep.
I’m an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz. I hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. I am an interdisciplinary scholar with specializations in Gender Studies, Women of Color and Transnational feminisms, LGBT/Queer Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, and Black Studies. I teach courses including Women: Images and Realities, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop, Performing Feminism, and Latina Feminisms.
My book Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora will drop in May 2018 with NYU Press (pre-order your copy today!).