Ph.D.    New York University. Department of Performance Studies. 2013
M.A.     University of Arizona. Department of Women’s Studies. 2004
B.F.A.   University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Department of Sculpture/3D Studies. 2001

Research and Teaching Interests

Performance Studies, Women of Color Feminisms, LGBTQ Studies, Gender Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Hip Hop Studies, Black Studies, Latinx Studies, Sub/Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities

Academic Appointments

SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY: Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 2014–Present
Affiliate Faculty: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, 2015­­–Present

NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Arts & Humanities, 2013–2014

New York University, New York, NY: Adjunct Instructor, Morse Academic Plan, 2012

SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY: Adjunct Instructor, Art History and Theatre Departments (Joint Appt.), 2011



Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora (NYU Press, 2018)

La Blanca: Performing the Limits of Latina Subjectivity (in progress)

Book Chapters

“‘Daring to Be ‘Mujeres Libres, Lindas, Locas’: An Interview with the Ladies Destroying Crew of Nicaragua and Costa Rica,” La Verdad: The Reader of Hip Hop Latinidades, Eds. Jason Nichols and Melissa Castillo-Garsow, The Ohio State University. (October 2016)

“No Somos ‘Mariposas’, Somos ‘MariPUSSY’: An Interview with Graffiti Art Activist MISS163 aka Sharon Lee De La Cruz,” Identity & Anonymity: An Artful Anthology, Eds. Jonathan Talbot, Leslie Fandrich, and Stephen Specht, published in partnership with the Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation. (June 2016)

“Ways of Being Seen: Gender and the Writing on the Wall,”Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art, Ed. Jeff Ross, Routledge Handbooks and Companions Series, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Performing Queer Boricua Motherhood on Social Media: Gender-Fluid Parenting as a Practice of Decolonization,” Special Issue: “On The Maternal,” Performance Research (forthcoming Volume 22:4).

“Writin’, Rappin’, Breakin’: Performing ‘Women’ in Hip Hop.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (forthcoming date tba)

Special Issue Co-editor, “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Routledge (Volume 24, 1) 2014.

“Critical Intimacies: Hip Hop as Queer Feminist Pedagogy.” Co-authored with Shanté Smalls. “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, New York: Routledge (Volume 24, 1) 2014.

“AbbyTC5: A Pioneering ‘HomeGirl’ in Hip Hop Herstory.” “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop,” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, New York: Routledge (Volume 24, 1) 2014.

Shifting Aesthetics: The Stick Up Girlz Perform Crew in a Virtual World.” Graffiti, John Lennon and Matthew Burns, Eds., Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (Issue 25) 2013.

Non-Peer Reviewed Journals

Be About It: Graffiteras Performing Feminist Community.” TDR: the journal of performance studies (Issue T219) 2013.

Reprinted: Gender and Sexuality: A Batch from TDR, MIT Press Batches for Kindle, 2014.

Book Reviews

“Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy: Theater from the Hip-Hop Generation by Kim Euell and Robert Alexander,” and “Say Word!: Voices from Hip Hop Theater by Daniel Banks.” TDR: the journal of performance studies (Issue T217) 2013.

“Returning to What We Know: Nicole Fleetwood’s Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness.” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory (Issue 22:2-3) 2012.


“Wipe It Off and I Will Paint Again: An Interview With Blogger Suzeeinthecity.” Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voice, curated by Samina Ali, International Museum of Women Exhibition, 2013.

“Bold Letters: Fillin’ with Feminism.” C.O.P. Magazine, Feature Issue, 2011.

“Introduction: 17 Things about Miss17.” The Infamous Magazine, Issue 2, 2010.

Awards, fellowships, grants, and honors

Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities SUNY New Paltz, 2016

Individual Development Awards
United University Professions, 2015 & 2016

American Fellowship
American Association of University Women, 2012–2013

Honorable Mention
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2012–2013



“From ‘All City’ to ‘All World’: How Social Media Changes Street Art’s Gender Dynamics.” Without Limits Series, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, SUNY New Paltz, NY, April.


“All-Grrl Jams: Transforming Precarious Belonging Through Collective Performance,” Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, October.

“#TooFew: Feminist Pedagogy and Wikipedia in the Classroom,” Digital Pedagogy Panel, SUNY New Paltz, September.

“Gender, Street Art, and Transnational Feminist Movement,” School of Oriental and African Studies Lecture Series, University of London, March.


Thriving in the Space Between.” TEDxWomen, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., December.

“Gender Difference in Graffiti Subculture.” Hip Hop Scholar-Artist Series, Davidson College, NC, October.

Selected Paper Presentations

“Performing Mami on Social Media: Refusing to Reproduce the Coloniality of Gender and Sexuality,” National Women’s Studies Association, Panel Organized: “Performing Motherhood: Practices of Decolonization,” Montreal, Canada, November 2016.

“It Was No Change the World Bullshit”: Chicana Graffitera JERK’s Excessive Feminist Masculinity.” Latin American Studies Association, New York City, May 2016.

“Fierce Feminist Takeovers: Street Art’s Ephemeral Aesthetics and the Transformation of Precarious Belongings.” National Women’s Studies Association, Panel Organized: “Ephemeral Occupations: Precarity and Feminist Reclamations of Place,” Milwaukee, WI, November 2015.

“A ‘Jam’ of One’s Own: The Few & Far All Female Graffiti Collective at Art Basel: Miami Beach.” NYU Abu Dhabi Annual Research Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 2014.

“Stylin’ for Space in Hip Hop.” The Queerness of Hip Hop Symposium, Harvard University, September. 2012.

“Spitting like a ‘Woman’: Performative Gender Lessons in Beatboxing.” Show and Prove: The Tensions, Contradictions, and Possibilities of Hip Hop Studies, Panel Organized: “Women of the 5th Element: Performing Subjectivity through Beatboxing,” New York University, April 2012.

“The Political Potential of Trans-Ephemerality: (Re)Presenting the First Female Graffiti Crew in Rio de Janeiro.” Performance Studies international 17, Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 2011.

“Stylin’ for Space: Performances of Self from the Graffiti-Covered Wall to the Wardrobe.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, Panel Chair: “Taking Hip Hop Seriously,” Chicago, IL, March 2011.

“Aesthetic Liaisons: Feminism and Masculinity in Graffiti Art.” New Work in Hip Hop Studies Symposium, New York University, September 2010.

“Shifting Aesthetics: Performing Graffiti Crews in a Global and Virtual World.” Performance Studies international 16, Toronto, Canada, June 2010.

Courses Taught

SUNY New Paltz, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Women, Images, and Realities
Feminist Theory
Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop
Performing Feminism
Latina Feminisms
Rivera House Living Learning Community
Independent Study: “Queering Gender: Adventuring Beyond Binaries”

NYU Abu Dhabi, Arts Division

Senior Arts Capstone Seminar

New York University, Morse Academic Plan

Contemporary Latino Cultures

New York University, Performance Studies Department

Introduction to Performance Studies (Graduate Writing)

SUNY, Stony Brook, Joint Appointment in Art History and Theatre Departments

Performance Art II: WWII to the Present

University of Arizona, Women’s Studies Department

Gender and Contemporary Society
Women and Western Culture

Institutional Service

Founder and Member, Women of Color Faculty Group, SUNY New Paltz. 2016–Present
Faculty Director, Rivera House Living Learning Community, SUNY New Paltz. 2015–Present
Subcommittee Member, Student Recruitment, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, SUNY New Paltz. 2015–Present
Board Member, DASHlab (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities), SUNY New Paltz. 2015–Present
Member, Women’s Rights and Concerns Committee, United University Professions. 2015 –Present
Volunteer, Without Limits Liberal Arts & Sciences Speaker Series, SUNY New Paltz, 2016

Professional Service

Selection Panelist, Career Development Grants, American Association of University Women. 2014–Present

Community Service

US–Brazil Relations Director, Rede Nami, Feminist Urban Artist Collective. 2010–2012
Executive Member, LGBTQ Caucus, Texas Council on Family Violence. 2008
Executive Member, Diversity Task Force, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. 2007–2008
Executive Member, Outreach Team, Hope Alliance, Austin, TX. 2007–2008
Executive Member, Diversity Committee, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 2004

Professional Affiliations

American Studies Association, 2014­–Present
American Association of University Women, 2011–Present
Cultural Studies Association, 2011–Present
Mid-Atlantic PopCulture Association, 2009–Present
Performance Studies international, 2008–Present
National Women Studies Association, 2004–Present
Popular Culture/American Culture Association, 2004–2005

Arts Production

Artist Liaison, The Art of Pau, Without Limits, SUNY New Paltz, NY, 2016.
Curator and Art Consultant, bOb Gallery & bar, Manhattan, NY, 2012–2014.
Organizer, My Graffiti Pony Jam, Boone Ave. Wall, Bronx, NY, 2013.
Organizer, Summer BBQ Graffiti Jam, Tuff City, Bronx, NY, 2012.
Curator and Organizer, Girls Unchained, ACCESS Tucson, Tucson, AZ, 2004.
Curator, Unruly: A Tangle of Feminist Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ. 2002.
Curator, Gender Agenda, UMASS Dartmouth Gallery, Dartmouth, MA, 2000.

Professional Experience

Editor, TDR: the journal of performance studies, MIT Press, NY, NY, 2009–2012


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