My research focuses on narrative, theatre, and performance art in Latin American, the Caribbean, and larger global contexts. I research how geographic spaces transform the creation and reception of text and performance. Particularly, I investigate the effects of transnational movement in works that represent queer and transgender identities.
My book manuscript Representing Queer and Transgender Identity: Fluid Bodies in the Hispanic Caribbean and Beyond (Bucknell UP, 2017) traces the intersections of global movement with transgender and queer identities from authors and artists of the Hispanic Caribbean. Utilizing the theme of fluidity and travel, I analyze works of narrative, graphic novels, theatre, and performance art. These works demonstrate how transgender and queer bodies redefine belonging, particularly national belonging, through global movement and community making practices. Through these genres, I follow the movement of transgender and queer identities from textual spaces to spaces of the body. I argue that gradual movement from text to body—as it occurs in these genres—demonstrates the variety of representational strategies that dismantle static and binary readings of gender, sexuality, and nationality. Each genre considered in this book lays bare the identity making practices engendered by literary and artistic expression.
My current vein of research and newest book project focuses on hyperlocal identities and enunciations of queer identity in Latin America and globally. I use the concept of the hyperlocal to analyze how very specific and localized contexts, be they political, cultural, or personal, shape how queer subjects project identity onto a global stage through new media technologies. While the integration of the virtual gestures to novel ways of expressing identity and creating global communities, I turn inward to the hyperlocal, to see how specificities, nuances, and intimacies shape and define these connections across borders, boundaries, and spaces. Focusing on the hyperlocal disrupts a false homogenization of queer Latin American experiences and reflects the diverse identities that shape queer enunciation from this expansive geographic space. This research combines contemporary Latin American narrative, performance, and cultural productions with new media and virtual technologies. To compliment this research, I have learned to code, which opens unique opportunities for projects in Digital Humanities.