Jennifer Ponce de León
ennifer S. Ponce de León (née Flores Sternad) received her PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University. Her research is situated at the intersection of literary studies, studies of contemporary visual arts and aesthetics, and the study of social movements, bringing together contemporary U.S. Latino and Latin American cultural production within a hemispheric framework. Her areas of specialization also include Latino/a and Latin American cultural studies, Marxist cultural studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and critical development studies. Her current book project, Art & Politics Across the Americas: Artists, the State and Popular Struggles in the New Millennium, is an interdisciplinary and transnational study of politically engaged literature, art, and performance by artists in Argentina and Chicano and Mexican artists in the U.S. It posits a transnational generational formation of cultural producers aligned with leftist movements and ideologies -- specifically, those whose politics are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and decolonial -- and whose artistic production is shaped by social transformations brought about through neoliberalization and the influence of recent subaltern-popular movements. Professor Ponce de León’s writing on performance art and U.S. Latino/a art has been published in Live Art in LA, 1970-1983, edited by Peggy Phelan; MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los Angeles; GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Contemporary Theatre Review; The Journal of American Drama and Theater; and Interreview. Her essays on 21st century art and literature from Argentina have been published in Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization, edited by Lieven de Cauter, et. al. and in e-misférica. An essay on her experience in the first course of the Zapatistas’ Little School of Freedom [Escuelita de la libertad según las y los Zapatistas] is forthcoming in Dancing with the Zapatistas, edited by Diana Taylor. Professor Ponce de León has also worked in the contemporary arts sphere; she has curated and organized exhibitions, conferences, and public art events on contemporary visual art, literature, and performance in Latin America and the U.S.