Christina León specializes in hemispheric American literature with a focus on Latinx and Caribbean literatures, in addition to feminist theory, queer theory, performance studies, and environmental humanities. Her research and teaching center literary and critical theory in concert with anti-colonial, critical ethnic, and critical race theory. She is completing her first monograph, currently titled Opaque Entanglements: The Matter of Reading Caribbean Latinidad, which traces entanglements of matter and metaphor in the work of feminist and queer writers and artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Latinx New York. She is also co-editor of a special issue of Women and Performance entitled “Lingering in Latinidad: Theory, Aesthetics, and Performance in Latina/o Studies.” Her articles and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in ASAP/Journal, Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (University of Minnesota Press), Diacritics, GLQ, Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture, Small Axe, and Post-45, as well as translations from the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press).
León received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University, as well as her BA and MA in English from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2017, she was assistant professor of English at Oregon State University. 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 the UC Irvine. At Princeton, León teaches courses on Latinx Literature, Caribbean Literature, Queer Studies, and literary theory in the English department. She is also associate faculty in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, as well the programs of American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Latin American Studies. She is a faculty fellow at First College.