THE BLACK & LATINX SENSORIUM LAB
MEDIA, PODCASTS & LECTURES
ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION/CUNY BRESI INITIATIVE GRANT
I'm a Professor of Latinx studies and chair of the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. In my teaching and research I'm fundamentally interested in understanding how Latinx cultural, intellectual, and political histories intersect with the discourses of democratic rights, historical memory, and the commons. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I analyze how ethnic and racialized public identities are experienced individually, understood collectively, and represented across cultural industries and political communities. My research is informed by American Studies methodologies, literary and visual cultural studies, race and ethnic studies, as well as gender and sexuality studies.
My books include Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (U of California Press, 2019), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, with Felice Picano (U of Wisconsin Press, 2011), and The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory (NYU Press, 2007). I publish in both English and Spanish and my scholarship has appeared in popular media, edited volumes, and academic journals including American Literary History, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, The Wallace Stevens Journal, A Corracorriente, and many other journals and public humanities outlets. I currently serve on the board of The Journal of Transnational American Studies.
As a filmmaker, I was the co-writer and executive producer of the documentary film Rubí: A DACA Dreamer in Trump’s America (Deronda Productions, 2020) which appeared on PBS and was awarded a BEA "On-Location Documentary Award of Excellence." My films have been showcased at the Smithsonian Museum of American History's Warner Brothers Theater, PBS, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Latino Studies Association, Fem Flicks and other venues. I am also the founder of The Black and Latinx Sensorium Lab, a multimedia experimental and experiential space for the study of the Brown and Black commons through democracy's sensoria.
I have received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Library Association, and many other institutions. I am currently the Principal Investigator for the project "Black and Latinx Practices of Freedom: Methods, Archives, Pedagogies" (2022-2023), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's "Black Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative" (BRESI) at CUNY.
Video: Epistolaria, José Lezama Lima