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.



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

Performing Beyond the In-Between: DiaspoRican Identity and Belonging (in process)

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Writin’, Breakin’, Beatboxin’: Strategically Performing “Women” in Hip-Hop,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43, no. 1 (Autumn 2017): 175-200.

Performing Queer Mamí on Social Media: Gender-Fluid Parenting as a Practice of Decolonisation,” Special Issue: “On The Maternal,” Performance Research (Volume 22:4) 2017.

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 P. 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, Eds. John Lennon and Matthew Burns, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (Volume 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 Chapters

“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, forthcoming.

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