Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is an interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar from Boston, living in the Hudson Valley.
She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. She is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz where she teaches courses including Feminist Theory, Feminist Art & Subculture, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop, Performing Feminism, and Latina Feminisms. 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 is a member of the #academicmom club and gets most of her writing done when everyone else is asleep.
She is published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Performance Research, and TDR: the journal of performance studies. She was an AAUW Dissertation Fellow (2012-13) and a speaker at the 2012 TEDWomen Conference.
She published her first book—Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora— with NYU Press in June 2018.