Short CV

(Updated Summer 2020)


May 2013
New York University, Performance Studies                                             

Professional Appointments

Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY    

Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies                             
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY    

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities                                               
NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                                                      



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image description: a multicolored book cover reading “jessica nydia pabón-colón graffiti grrlz: performing feminism in the hip hop diaspora” with three panels of graffiti art as background.

Pabón-Colón, Jessica N. 2018. Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora. New York: New York University Press.

DiaspoRican: Identity, Belonging, and Performance Beyond Binaries (in progress)

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Pabón-Colón, Jessica N. 2021. “‘It’s For Now, While We’re Together’: Diana Oh’s Queer Feminist of Color Bridgework at the Ancram Opera House”, Special Issue on “Staging Feminism,” edited by Kimberly Jew, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. (forthcoming Spring 2021)

Pabón-Colón, Jessica N. 2020. “Digital Tactics for a Decolonized Future: A DiaspoRican Reflection on Tweeting in the Wake of #HurricaneMaria,” Theatre History Studies (forthcoming September 2020)

Pabón-Colón, Jessica Nydia. 2017. “Writin’, Breakin’, Beatboxin’: Strategically Performing ‘Women’ in Hip-Hop.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43 (1): 175–200.

Pabón-Colón, Jessica N. 2017. “Performing Queer Mamí on Social Media: Gender-Fluid Parenting as a Practice of Decolonisation.” Performance Research 22 (4): 71–74.



image description: cover of volume 24 of women & performance  featuring the graffiti art of Abby. The image is a red background featuring the bust of a Black futuristic femme-presenting figure with a crown that reads queen.

Pabón, Jessica N., and Shanté Paradigm Smalls. 2014. “Critical Intimacies: Hip Hop as Queer Feminist Pedagogy.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 24 (1): 1–7.

Pabón, Jessica N. 2014. “Interview with AbbyTC5: A Pioneering ‘HomeGirl’ in Hip Hop Herstory.Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop, 24 (1): 8–14.


Large Cover Image

image description: cover of volume 57 of TDR featuring the graffiti art of DanaPink written about in Pabón’s essay “Be About it.” The image is of a little girl in a pink and yellow polka dot dress painted on a blue wall.

Pabón, Jessica N. 2013. “Be About It: Graffiteras Performing Feminist Community.” TDR: the journal of performance studies 57 (3): 88–116.



Chapters in Edited Volumes (Refereed)

Pabón-Colón, Jessica N. 2019. “Yo Soy Boricua Feminista, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!: Notes from a DiaspoRican on Performing Outsider Identity,” Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, Eds. Grisel Y. Acosta and Roberta Hurtado, Chapter 25. London; New York: Routledge.

Chapters in Edited Volumes (Invited)

Pabón, Jessica N. 2016. “Ways of Being Seen: Gender and the Writing on the Wall.” In Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art, edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross, 78–91. Routledge International Handbooks. London; New York: Routledge.

Pabón, Jessica N. 2016. “Daring to Be ‘Mujeres Libres, Lindas, Locas’: An Interview with the Ladies Destroying Crew of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.” In La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades, edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow, 203–13. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.

Book Reviews

Pabón, Jessica N. 2021. “Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance by Sandra Ruiz. TDR: the journal of performance studies (forthcoming T248).

Selected Presentations

Keynote Address, “Painting Like a Grrl: The Aesthetics and Politics of International All-Grrl Graffiti Jams,” Wall/Therapy Conference, The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY, July 2017.

Invited Lectures

“Graffiti Grrlz,” co-sponsored by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab and the Department of History’s Atlantic Colloquium Series, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, March 2020. (Postponed due to COVID_19.)

“Graffiti Grrlz,” Museum of Graffiti, Miami, Florida, March 2020. (Postponed due to COVID_19.)

“Graffiti Grrlz,” US Arts and Activism, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oxford College of Emory University (via Skype), September 2019.

“White Feminism, Bridgework, and Intersectionality,” Women’s History Month, Kingston Public Library, Kingston, New York, March 2019.

“Graffiti Grrlz,” Art, Activism, and Social Justice, Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, Texas Woman’s University (via Skype), August 2018.

“Graffiti Grrlz,” Special Topics in Art & Society: Graffiti and Street Art, Department of Art History, Concordia University (Canada via Skype), July 2018.

“‘I am not a Feminist. I am a Graffitera:’ Performing Feminist Community without Feminist Identity,” Engaged Liberal Arts and Science Series, co-sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Historical Studies Program Bard College, March 2017.

“‘At One Point We All Rebelled’: Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity,” Agora Speaker Series on “Hemispheric Conversations: Urban Art Program,” co-sponsored by the Department of Communication, Cultural Studies, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, March 2017.

“All-Grrl Jams: Transforming Precarious Belonging Through Collective Performance,” Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, October 2015.

“Gender, Street Art, and Transnational Feminist Movement,” School of Oriental and African Studies Lecture Series, University of London, March 2015.

“Feminism on the Wall/Thriving in the Space Between.” TEDWomen, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., December 2012.

Paper Presentations

“The Calderón is Not Only for Cooking: Angelica Negrón and the Sound of Puerto Rico in the Diaspora,” National Women’s Studies Association, Panel Organized: “Boricua Resistance Strategies Aquí y Allá,” San Francisco, CA, November 2019.

“Bisexual Boricua: A Performative Testimonia on the Limitations of Feeling (Brown and Queer) and of Feeling Limitations,” Performance Studies international 25, University of Calgary, Canada, July 2019.

“Para Mi Gente: Micropoems from a Diasporic Bisexual Boricua in the Wake of Maria,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2018.

“The Politics of Latina Feminist Overperformance within the Academy,” Performance Studies international 23, Panel Organized: “Feminist Overflows,” Hamburg, Germany, June 2017.

“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.


“Art in Public,” invited, O+ Festival, Kingston, NY, October 2018.

“Manifesting Pedagogy: Manifestos as Pedagogical Tools,” National Women’s Studies Association, Panel Organized, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2017.

“Women in New York State: The Unfinished Agenda,” Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future, SUNY New Paltz, April 2017.


Undergraduate (SUNY New Paltz)

  • Feminist Art and Subculture
    Feminist Perspectives on Decolonization
    Feminist Theory
    Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop
    Independent Study: “Queering Gender: Adventuring Beyond Binaries”  
    Independent Study: “Title IX Practicum”  
    Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    Latina Feminisms
    LGBTQIA+ Living-Learning Community
    Performing Feminism
    Senior Seminar

Graduate (SUNY New Paltz)

  • Independent Study: “Raising Critical Consciousness: Equity, Transformative Justice, and the ‘It’s on Us’ Campaign”  

Selected Professional Service

Women of Color Faculty and Staff Network, SUNY New Paltz, 2016–Present

Faculty Director
Rivera House, LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community, 2015-2017; 2018-2019

Board Member
Diversity & Inclusion Council, SUNY New Paltz, 2017–2018

Committee Chair
Curriculum Subcommittee, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 2017

Board Member
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Advisory Board, SUNY New Paltz, 2017

Board Member
DASHlab (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities), SUNY New Paltz, 2015–2018

Selected Community Service

Mask Maker
Various Sewing Groups across the U.S.                                                      March–August 2020

  • Approximately 1500 masks sewn and distributed for free to individuals, care facilities, non-profit organizations, and community groups including Kingston Mutual Aid Network, Ellenville Hospital, La Colectiva Feminista in Puerto Rico, NY COVID Avengers, Sewing for the Navajo Nation, Black Lives Matter (Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Minneapolis), Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, and the Minnesota Deaf Equity Campaign.

Professional Affiliations and Service

National Women Studies Association
Co-Chair, Arts and Performance Studies Interest Group                  2015–2018

American Association of University Women
Panelist, Career Development Grants                                               2013–2016

American Studies Association
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Cultural Studies Association
Latin American Studies Association
Performance Studies international
Puerto Rican Studies Association


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