Assistant Professor of Theatre
Department of Theatre and Dance
University of New Mexico
Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 2008
Dissertation: “Latin Explosion: Latinos, Racial Formation and Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance”
• Committee: Matthew Frye Jacobson (Chair), Steven Pitti, Alicia Schmidt-Camacho
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY: American Entertainments (Joseph Roach); U.S. Social and Political History, 1870-1970 (Glenda Gilmore); History of American Sexualities (Nancy F. Cott); Comparative U.S. Racial Formations in Action (Matthew Frye Jacobson).
M.A. in American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1998
Master’s Essay: “Exotic Erotics: The Racialization and Sexualization of Men of Color
in U.S. Popular Culture and Performance”
B.A. in American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1990
Diploma, Manzano High School, Albuquerque, NM, 1986
Assistant Professor of Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Fall 2012-Present
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico, Fall 2007-Spring 2012
Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico, Fall 2005- Spring 2007
Instructor, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of New Mexico, Fall 2005
Instructor, Humanities, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Fall 2004-Spring 2005
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Brown University, Fall 2003
Teaching Fellow, Assorted Programs/Departments (American Studies; History; Theatre Studies; and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies), Yale University, Fall 2000 – Spring 2002; Spring 2004
ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS
“Compiling West Side Story‘s Parahistories, 1949-2009.” Theatre Journal, Vol. 64, no. 2 (May 2012): xx-xx. [forthcoming]
“I Was a Teenaged Fabulist: The dark play of Adolescent Sexuality in U.S. Drama.” Modern Drama, Vol. 53, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 332-349.
• Guest Editor (with Henry Bial), Special Section – “As Seen On Television,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Vol 24, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 91-168.
INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS
Contributing Editor, POINTS – The Official Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (2011).
- Essay – “Go Ask Alice: Forty Years Later”
- Film Review – “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (Garbus, 2011): What Medicine, Morality and Documentary Can’t Explain”
- Commentary – “A POINTS Guide to the 83rd Academy Awards”
- Commentary – “RehabTV?”
“How Harvey Milk Recruited Me,” The Gay and Lesbian Review (March-April 2009): 24.
“Acting with My Hair” in Hair Pieces, Cary Tennis, ed. (San Francisco: Cary Tennis Books, 2009): 25-29. [pdf]
Contributing Reviewer, Talkin’ Broadway (Regional-Albuquerque), 2010- .
• Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston by Anthea Kraut. Vol. 62, no. 2 (May 2010): 322-23.
• Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture, Second Edition by Philip Auslander. Vol. 61, no. 4 (December 2009): 653-54.
• The Viagra Ad Venture: Masculinity, Media, and the Performance of Sexual Health by Jay Baglia. Vol. 2, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 101-103.
• Contemporary Latina/o Theater: Wrighting Ethnicity by Jon D. Rossini. Vol. 43, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 276-278.
ENTRIES IN REFERENCE BOOKS
“Ethnic Drag” in Performance Studies: Routledge Key Concepts Studies, Gabrielle Cody, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2010): approved/forthcoming.
“First Novel about Coming Out to Parents Is Published” & “Second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights” in Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Events, 1846-2006, Lillian Faderman & Yolanda Retter, eds. (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006): 285-85, 469-71.
• Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (2011)
• Theatre Journal (2009)
• Women and Performance (2005)
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
All courses offered through UNM’s Department of Theatre & Dance, unless otherwise noted.
- Theatre History I: Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century (2009, 2010, 2011)
- Sex on Stage: Topics/Theories of the Theatre (2008, 2011)
- Theatre History II: Eighteenth Century to the Present (2010, 2011)
- Theatre History I: Non-Western & Pre-Modern (2005, 2007)
- Theatre History II: Renaissance to Realism (2006, 2008)
- 21st Century U.S. Drama: Topics in Theatre History/Criticism (2009)
- Performing Latinidad: Topics in Theatre History/Criticism (2007)
- Comedy: Theories of the Theatre (2009)
- Dangerous Theatre: Theories of the Theatre (2007)
- Theories of the Theatre (2006)
- Analytical and Argumentative Writing (English Language & Literature/UNM: 2005)
- Composition (Humanities/SIPI: 2004, 2005)
- The Actor in U.S. Cultural History (Theatre, Speech & Dance/Brown: 2003)
- Race & Ethnicity in 20th Century U.S. Popular Performance (Theatre, Speech & Dance/Brown: 2003)
- Race & Ethnicity in 20th Century U.S. Popular Performance (American Studies/Yale: 2002)
- Introduction to Gender Studies (American Studies/UNM: 1998)
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
All courses offered through UNM’s Department of Theatre & Dance, unless otherwise noted.
- Introduction to Graduate Studies (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)
- Performance in Everyday Life: Critical Issues in the Arts (2011)
- Advanced Research Methods (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Performance Theory (2006, 2008, 2010)
- Comedy: Critical Issues in the Arts (2009)
- Sex on Stage: Critical Issues in the Arts (2008)
- Dangerous Theatre: Critical Issues in the Arts (2007)
PRESENTATIONS – Academic Conferences
- “Corporeality TV.” Co-convener of Working Session: “Televisuality and Embodiment.” American Society of Theatre Research, Seattle, November 2010.
- “Racial Casting and the Rhetorics of Civil Rights” (in absentia), American Studies Association, San Antonio, November 2010.
- “Imagine Their Surprise: The Enduring Influence of Lesbian Feminism within Gay Male Cultural Politics in the 1980s and 1990s.” Lesbian Lives in the 1970s Conference, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies/CUNY, New York City, October 2010.
- “The Rhetorics of Racial Casting.” Convener of Seminar: “Racial Casting: Enacting Race Across Media.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Los Angeles, August 2010.
- “Stealth Latinos,” Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Los Angeles, August 2010.
- “The Theatrics of Television’s Digital Transition.” Co-convener of Working Session: “Digital Destinations.” American Society of Theatre Research, San Juan, PR, November 2009.
- “Notes on West Side Story – 2009,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New York City, August 2009.
- “Allegations of (In)Authenticity: Compiling West Side Story’s Para-Histories,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New York City, August 2009.
- “Dark Play: The Intimate Racial Drama of Queer Masculinity,” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2009.
- “Casting, Latinos and Oscar: Evincing a Racial History of the Academy Awards,” American Society of Theatre Research, Boston, MA, November 2008.
- “The Double Consciousness Dramas of Dolores Prida and Carlos Morton,” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2008.
- “Translating Raquel,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2008.
- “‘My Name Is James Frey and I’m uh…”: Truth, Lies and Performative Autobiography,” American Society of Theatre Research, Phoenix, AZ, November 2007.
- “Performative Autobiography and Transnational Sobriety in Ignacio Solares’ Delerium Tremens,” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, October 2007.
- “Metaphysical Realism: Performing Addiction in Latina/o Drama,” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2007.
2006 & prior
- “Not About Stereotypes,” American Society of Theatre Research, Chicago, IL, November 2006.
- “From Desi to Fidel: The Cuban Romance Sours,” American Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 2006.
- “Stealth Latinos, or When Did Raquel Welch Become Hispanic,” Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August 2006.
- “How The Sharks Became Puerto Rican: Racializing West Side Story,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, February 2005.
- “War! The Musical?: Wartime, Entertainments, and the Legacies of WWII’s All-Soldier Musical Revues,” American Society for Theatre Research, Las Vegas, NV, November 2004.
- “Becoming a Proper California Lady: Performances of Identity in Mission California, 1900-1930,” American Folklore Society, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2004.
- “But What About Ricky?: The Perils of Maturity, Masculinity and Sexuality for the Post-Adolescent Child Star,” Regarding Michael Jackson Conference, Larry Kramer Initiative-Yale University, New Haven CT, September 2004.
- “Latina/o Surrogations of the ‘Arabian’ in 1920s Stage and Screen Performance,” American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, October 2003.
- “Tropical Travelogues: The Good Neighbor Policy on Stage and Screen, 1933-1947.” American Studies Association, Washington D.C., November 2001.
- “The Romance of Ramona: A Performance Genealogy.” Past Performances Conference, Wesleyan Humanities Center, Wesleyan University, April 2001.
- “The First ‘Miss California’: Ramona Pageants and the Romance of the American Southwest.” Modern Language Association, Washington D.C., December 2000.
- “How the Sharks Became Puerto Rican: Bringing West Side Story to the Stage.” American Society for Theatre Research, New York, November 2000.
- “Carlos Comes Out!” Pornography, Colonialism and the (Homo)Erotics of Latino Masculinity.” National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Mexico City, June 1998.
- “Uncommissioned Designs: Spectatorial Innovation as Displayed in Campus Reaction/s to Luís Jimenez’s Fiesa/Jarabé.” Rocky Mountain American Studies Associaton, Albuquerque, April 1997.
- “Monstrous Musical Conjurations: The Incantatory Logic of Vocal Androgyny.” Feminist Theory and Music 4 Conference, Charlottesville, June 1997.
- “Fugitive Voices: The Visual Politics of Aural Sex.” Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, March 1997.
PRESENTATIONS – Featured Speaker, Keynote, Roundtable & Workshop
- Speaker, “A Brief History of Coming Out,” Faculty Brownbag Series, LGBTQ Resource Center, University of New Mexico, October 2010.
- Featured Faculty Speaker, “Stealth Latinos and Latin Explosions,” Pre-Semester College Meeting, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, August 2010.
- Panelist, “Books in the Making: Exploring the Writer’s Creative Process,” The Association for Women in Communications (New Mexico Chapter), Albuquerque, NM, December 2009.
- Panelist, “Teaching Latino & Latin American Drama,” Latino Focus Group Post Conference Round-Table, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New York City, August 2009.
- Panelist, “Latinas/os and the Arts: Locating Latina/o Performance,” El Centro de la Raza Latina/o Faculty Brown Bag Speaker Series, Albuquerque, NM, April 2009.
- Commentator, “Race in American Dance,” American Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, October 2008.
- Panelist, “Hemispheric? Transnational? Diasporic?: Negotiating the Spaces of Latina/o American Theater – A Roundtable Discussion,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New York City, August 2008.
- Keynote Address (“Dan Guerrero: Tending the Hybrid Histories of Chicana/o Popular Performance”), Faculty Reception for 2008 Distinguished Community Scholar Dan Guerrero, UCLA César E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Los Angeles, CA. January 2008.
2007 & prior
- Panelist, “ Presidential Symposium with Guillermo Gomez-Peña,” College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, October 2007
- Panelist, “Tawdry and Spectacular: Jacqueline Susann and Sex before the ‘Sexual Revolution,’” Sunday Symposium for Paper Doll, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, March 2003.
- Featured Graduate Speaker, “Which ‘Latin Explosion’?: Commencing a History of Latinas/os in U.S. Popular Performance.” Edward Bouchet Speaker Series, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, January 2001.
- “Exotic Erotics of Latino Masculinity in U.S. Popular Culture.” University of New Mexico’s Raza Graduate Student Association and Center for Regional Studies’ Dolores Gonzales Colloquy Series, Albuquerque, April 1998.
NATIONAL AWARDS, HONORS & FELLOWSHIPS
- Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2002-03.
- John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2001.
- Howard Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders Research Grant, Yale University, 2001.
- Research Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2000.
- Latino Graduate Training Seminar in Qualitative Methodology, Center for Latino Initiatives, Smithsonian Institute, 1999.
- Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 1998.
- Directing Fellow, Director’s Project (Fall Production Program), DramaLeague of New York, 1990.
UNIVERSITY AWARDS, HONORS & FELLOWSHIPS
- Outstanding Faculty Member Award (Teaching), The Project For New Mexico Graduates of Color, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2008-09.
- College of Fine Arts Career Development Grant (2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10).
- Outstanding Faculty Member Award (General Recognition), The Project For New Mexico Graduates of Color, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2007-08.
- Center for the Study of Race, Inequality & Politics Research Grant, Yale University, 2000.
- Graduate Fellowship, University of New Mexico (highest competitive award of graduate support offered by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), 1996-98.
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
- Drama Division, Modern Language Association, 2011-2016.
- Editorial Board, Theatre Survey, 2012-2014
- Executive Committee, American Society for Theatre Research, 2011-2013.
- 2011 Conference Committee, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, 2010-2011.
- Selection Committee for Debut Panel sponsored by the Latino Focus Group Debut Panel, Association Theatre in Higher Education, 2009.
- Site Resource Committee, American Studies Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2008.
- Referee: Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (2011), Theatre Journal (2009), Women and Performance (2005).
SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
- Planning Committee/Working Group (Co-Chair), Latina/o Literary Imagination Conference (University of New Mexico & Rutgers University, 2011), Core Committee Member, 2009-2011.
- Feminist Research Institute Board, University of New Mexico, 2010-2012.
- Women Studies Executive Board, University of New Mexico, 2010-2011.
- Advisory Council/Task Force for the Formation of the LGBTQ Resource Center, UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion, 2010.
- Session Leader, “College 101,” ¡Adelante!: Celebrating 40 Years of El Centro de la Raza and Latina/o Serving Programs and Creating a Vision for UNM Latina/o Community for the Next 40 Years, October 2009.
- Graduate Advisor – Theatre (Department of Theatre and Dance), Fall 2007-present.
- Head of Theatre (Department of Theatre and Dance), Fall 2007-Fall 2008.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
- Member, Board of Directors, Blackout Theatre, Albuquerque, 2010-2012.
- Selection Committee, Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2008, 2009, 2010).
- Schmooze Coordinator, Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators – New Mexico Chapter, 2010, 2011.
- Selection Committee, 3rd Annual Pornotopia Independent Erotic Film Festival, 2009.
- “Herrera Brings Stages of History into Theater Present” – “Employee Spotlight” article in UNM Today, January 18 2011.
- “Beyond Apu: Why Are There So Many Indians on Television?” – article on Slate.com, 9 June 2010. Contributions to same highlighted in “Breaking the Type Caste” on AndrewSullivan.com, 10 June 2010.”
- ACT – Albuquerque Community Theatre” – featured guest on locally produced television program broadcast on Encantado TV, 6 July 2009.
- “Can Nouveau Riche Buy Avant-Garde” – article about production of Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde, The Albuquerque Journal, 5 July 2009.
- “If You Knew Michael Like We Know Michael” – article in The New York Times, 24 October 2004.
- I Was the Voice of Democracy (Solo Show) – Writer/Performer (SoloFest 2010, The Filling Station, Albuquerque, July 2010. Premiere. SUBSEQUENT PRESENTATIONS: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 2012; Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Albuquerque, January 2012; Dixon Place Lounge, New York City, December 2011; University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 2011; ATHE LGBQ Pre-Conference (Keynote Performance), Chicago, August 2011; KUNM Radio Theatre, Albuquerque, June 2011; UCLA, Los Angeles, February 2011; The Kosmos, Albuquerque, February 2011; Annex Theatre, Seattle, November 2010; Metta Theatre, Taos, August 2010.)
- The Encyclopedia Show ABQ – Contributing Writer/Performer (“The Future” – August 2011; “Color” – April 2011; “Moon” – February 2011; “Bears” – December 2010.)
- “Pieces of CAKE by Witter Bynner” (Staged Reading) – Director/Adapter (University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, February 2011.)
- Before We Say Goodbye (Independent Feature Film) – Actor (Paul Davids, Director; Yellow Hat Productions, USA/Mexico, 2010.)
- Gender Fabulous (Short Film Program) – Curator (8th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Albuquerque, October 2010; 7th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Albuquerque, October 2009.)
- Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde by Charles Ludlam (Theatre Production) – Director (Blackout Theatre @ The Box, Albuquerque, July 2009)
- The Medea Complex by Patricia Crespin (Staged Reading) – Director (National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, November 2007.)
- American Studies Association
- American Society for Theatre Research
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- Organization of American Historians
- Modern Language Association
- National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- Alcohol and Drugs History Society
- Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
- Society of Children’s Book & Illustrators
- Southwest Writers
LIST OF REFERENCES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST