Christina León

Christina León earned her BA and MA in English at the University of Florida and her PhD in Comparative Literature at Emory University.  She has research and teaching interests in hemispheric American literature with a focus on Latina/o, Caribbean, and diasporic studies, in addition to critical engagements with feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. In Fall 2016, she was a member of the “Queer Hemisphere: América Queer” Residential Research group at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine.

Christina is currently at work on her first monograph titled, Opaque Desires: Queer Latinidades and Aesthetic Relationality, which brings together the fields of queer theory, Latina/o Studies, literary studies and performance art. Opaque Desires theorizes opacity as an ethical reading practice and an artistic praxis for contemporary cultural productions of latinidad.   She is also a co-editor of a special issue of Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory entitled “Lingering in Latinidad: Aesthetics, Theory, and Performance. She has published articles in Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture and ASAP/Journal, as well as translations in the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press).