My scholarship is transdisciplinary . My primary areas of focus are: performance studies, trans* studies, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, decolonial thought, transnational feminisms, queer theory, Black diaspora studies, oral history, cultural studies, critical ecologies, epistemology, ontology, and Black feminisms.
Book Project (in process): Trans Ecologies at the End of the Human
My book develops a poetic-performance and theoretical framework for naming transfeminist embodiment practices that figure trans bodies as layered histories. Calling on various scholarly trajectories including Afro-futurism, somatics, performance studies, transgender theory, critical ecologies, Afro-diasporic cosmologies, Indigenous cosmologies, and Black feminism, the project intends to forward and participate in the generation of spaces (material, theoretical, epistemological, ontological, and artistic) for figuring embodiments by and for trans* people of color. Citing two geopolitical locations known for transnational justice struggle, I ask what such locations allow us to imagine for transgender corporealities and in turn, what trans* bodies moving through these spaces teach us about trans* embodiment. Performatively suspending the scopic regime of legibility, how do marks, traces, and layers create an erotic ancestry of flesh?
I think of classrooms as spaces of pedagogical alchemy. My university classrooms are discussion-rich and student centered, encouraging critical intellectual inquiry with attention to social locations such as race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, gender, cognitive and functional diversity, religion, and sexuality as integral practices of situating learning processes and information. In my syllabi, the voices of non-Western and non-white scholars, artists, and organizers are centered as indisputable nexus to practices of knowledge production. I teach skill-building in writing, speaking, and dialogue as methods of knowledge synthesis, integration, and analysis. I ground my students in honing the skills that allow them access to critical thought as a non-elitist project. In this way, I extend the legacy of critical pedagogues that understand pedagogy as the way in which we learn to name our experiences of the world, expanding our capacity to change it by acting as full agents. I base my teaching on premises of Black and transfeminism and decolonial pedagogy.
Current Courses (Fall 2020):
-Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, WGSS 250
-Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms, WGSS 333
Publications/Publicaciones (most recent)
(2020) "If Rigor is Our Dream: Theorizing Black Trans*masculine Futures through Ancestral Erotics" in Gender Futurity/Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins , Edited by Amber Johnson and Benny LeMaster.
(2020) "Honoring What We Know to Be True: Black Transness-As-Medicine" in The Black Trans Prayerbook, Edited by J Mase III and Lady Dane Edidi.
(2019) "Cuerpos y existencias cotidianas trans* como ruptura, abertura e invitación" en En tiempos de muerte. Cuerpos, rebeldías, resistencias, Editado por Xochitl Leyva Solano y Rosalba Icaza.
My academia.edu page is available here.