I received a BA in English Literature and MA in Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture from the University of Sussex.
I hold a PhD in American Studies from King’s College London, defending a dissertation entitled The half-breed, the half-dead: Blood-Mixing, Queer Latino Cultural Production, and HIV/AIDS, 1981-1996. My thesis excavates the ways in which underrepresented gay Latino cultural producers accentuated mixed-blood as a vector of HIV transmission and a marker of hybrid racial and cultural identity. I name this new conceptual coordinate ‘viral mestizaje’.
Since 2015 I have been working with a private archive to trace the AIDS dissidence movement in twenty-first century San Francisco, focusing specifically on the surrealist cultural production and controversial activism of queer Latino poet Ronnie Burk.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
- Queer Theory
- Latino/a Studies
- Activism and Ephemera
- Transatlantic Erotica
My primary area of interest is queer studies (identities, histories, archives, critical theory), with special emphasis on racial identity, activism, and HIV/AIDS discourse in North America. In my research I perform close textual analysis of literature, visual art, and performance, favouring interdisciplinary approaches. I also engage with a range of queer Latino cultural producers, such as Gil Cuadros, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Luis Alfaro, and Ronnie Burk.
I enjoy teaching courses on queer theory and gender theory, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, pop culture, American studies, and literary theory.
I have also convened and delivered modules on theatre studies and children’s literature.
- ‘Profit, Porn, and Protease Inhibitors: Ronnie Burk’s Radical Activism in “Post-AIDS” San Francisco’, Special Issue: Re-Queering the Nation, ed. Francisco Costa (UEA), The European Journal of American Studies, 11.3 (2017)
- ‘Deforming and Transforming: Towards a Theory of “Viral Mestizaje” in Chicano Literature’, Special Issue: Disability and Blood, ed. Michael Davidson and Soren Frohlich (UC San Diego), Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 10.3 (2016), pp. 323-340.