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I’m Jessica, a Boricua originally from Boston (Dorchester). 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 is under contract with NYU Press and due for 2018.
My most recent publications include: “Ways of Being Seen: Gender and the Writing on the Wall” in the Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art (2016) and “‘Daring to Be ‘Mujeres Libres, Lindas, Locas’: An Interview with the Ladies Destroying Crew of Nicaragua and Costa Rica” in La Verdad: The Reader of Hip Hop Latinidades, edited by Jason Nichols and Melissa Castillo-Garsow (2016). I have also published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and TDR: the journal of performance studies. I’m the co-editor of the special issue “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship” for Women & Performance.
My second book project La Blanca: Performing the Limits of Latina Subjectivity examines the emotional, physical, and intellectual labor of moving between the dualistic boundaries structuring U.S. Latina/o/x subjectivity not only to ask what the limitations do, but also to ask what we can do with them.