Deborah Paredez

Deborah Paredez (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is a poet and scholar who teaches courses about race, sexuality, and performance in the Department of English. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the the Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of African Diaspora Studies and in the Centers for Mexican American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002) and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009), which was the recipient of the 2010 Latina/o Studies Book Award Honorable Mention and the 2011 National Association of Chicana/o Studies Honorable Mention. Her publications include Queer for Uncle Sam: Anita's Latina Diva Citizenship in West Side Story in Latino Studies Journal, Lena Horn & Judy Garland: Divas, Desire, and Discipline in the Civil Rights Era, in TDR, and poems appearing in The New York Times, Poetry, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, Blue and Full of Stars, and a critical study, Night Birds: Divas in America. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. On campus, she has served as director of Arts and Community Engagement (2007-2010) and associate director (2009-2010) and interim director (2011) of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

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