How do socially and politically disenfranchised individuals (and communities) fashion identity, imagine belonging, and stimulate empowerment? As a Performance Studies scholar grounded by my queer Latina feminist positionality and interdisciplinary methodological training, I approach each of my individual research projects with this central question in mind. Identifying the “how” as performance, I examine the sociopolitical effects of these embodied practices, of these “doings.” Beyond Performance Studies, my scholarship most directly engages with and contributes to Feminist Studies (particularly Gender, Transnational Feminisms, and Women of Color Feminisms), Hip Hop Studies, Black Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, Sub/Cultural Studies, and Visual Studies. Currently, I am revising my manuscript Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora for publication with NYU Press. Concurrently, I am in the preliminary design and development stages for my next book project, La Blanca: Performing the Limits of the Latina Subjectivity.
Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora (under contract NYU Press)
La Blanca: Performing the Limits of Latina Subjectivity (in progress)
“‘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,” A Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art, Ed. Jeff Ross, Routledge Handbooks and Companions Series, 2016.
“Interview with ClawMoney, founder of NYC’s PMS Crew,” All City Queens, Eds. Nicholas Ganz and Lucy Lisowiec, 2015.
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.
“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.