Juana María Rodríguez

Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 622 Barrows Hall
Research AreasBioPublications
Research Areas
  • Studies of Sex, Sexuality, and Race
  • Latin@ Popular Culture, Performance Studies, and Media Arts
  • Queer Theory and Cultural Activism
  • Critical Race Theory

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department and in the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that investigates how forms of representation that combine visual documentation with auto/biographical narrative transform our affective encounters with the lives of Latina sex workers.

An active contributor to numerous campus initiatives, Professor Rodríguez is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute’s Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California.


Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings
New York University Press, 2014


Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces
New York University Press, 2003


Selected Publications:

“Pornographic Encounters and Interpretative Interventions: Vanessa Del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 25, no. 3 (September 2, 2015): 315–35.

“Queering the Archive: A Roundtable Discussion.” Radical History Review 2014 (120), Fall 2014: 211-233.

“Brujería: The Queer Karaoke Remix.” Chicana/Latina Studies 14:2 (Spring 2015): 58-59.

“Latino, Latino/a, Latin@.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition.  Edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler.  146-148. NY: New York University Press, 2014.

“Viscous Pleasures and Unruly Feminisms.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20, no. 4 (2014): 10-13.

“Queer Sociality and Other Sexual Fantasies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17, no. 2 (2011): 331-48.

“Translating Queer Caribbean Localities in Sirena Selena Vestida De Pena.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.34, no. 3 (2009): 205-23.

“The Affirmative Activism Project.” Profession. December 2007: 156-166.

“Ethnic Scholarship, Transnational Studies, Institutional Locations.” PMLA 122 (2007): 812-14.

“Gesture and Utterance: Fragments from a Butch Femme Archive.” In A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, edited by George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry, 282-91. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007

“Getting F****D in Puerto Rico: Metaphoric Provocations and Queer Activist Practices.” In None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era edited by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, 129-45. New York: Palgrave, 2007

Selected Digital Publications 

“The Promise of Transformative Education.” Creating Connections Consortium, May 13, 2014

“Our Chusma, Ourselves: On the Ghosts of Queerness Past.” boundary2, March 10, 2014