I'm an anthropologist specialized in the ethnography of media. My first book is on the accomplishment of femininity among beauty pageant contestants (misses) and transgender women (transformistas) in Venezuela.
My work focuses on the role of the imaginary in the survival of queer and transgender people in Latin America, and the place of these subjects in the nation.
I work with El/La Para TransLatinas in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA to develop programming and social justice work that promote transgender Latina participation and reflects the style and grace of translatina survival.
I am co-editor ex-oficio of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
Transgender studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, multimedia production, Latin American studies - Colombia and Venezuela, citizenship and social participation, Social Documentation, colonial historiography.
- 2014. Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela. Duke University Press.
- 2014. [Co-editor] On the Visceral (Part 1): A special issue of GLQ.
- 2014. [Co-editor] Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary: A special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly.
- 2015. [Co-editor] On the Visceral (Part 2):A special issue of GLQ.