Jennifer Ponce de León (formerly Jennifer 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, Radical Politics Across the Arts of the Americas: A Translocal Cartography of Guerrilla Cultural Warfare, theorizes aesthetics as a potentially radicalizing force in contemporary political and social struggles. It is an interdisciplinary and transnational study of politically engaged literature, art, and performance from the past two decades by Argentine, Mexican, and U.S. Latina/o/x artists and writers.
Professor Ponce de León’s essay “Through an Anticolonial Looking Glass: On Restitution, Indigenismo, and Zapatista Solidarity in Raiders of the Lost Crown” is forthoming in American Quarterly in March 2018. Her essay on counterhistory and the work of Argentine and Chicano/a art collectives was recently published in Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas / Hablar y Actuar: Arte, Pedagogía y Activismo en las Américas (U. Chicago Press). Her writing has also appeared in Dancing with the Zapatistas (Duke U. Press); Live Art in LA, 1970-1983, edited by Peggy Phelan (Routledge); MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los Angeles (Hatje Cantz Verlag); Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization: Essays on Disruption (NAi): and in the journals GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; e-misférica; Contemporary Theatre Review; The Journal of American Drama and Theater; and Interreview.
Dr. Ponce de León has also curated exhibitions and public art events. Most recently, she curated Resurgent Histories, Insurgent Futures for the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, which is on display September 7-October 7, 2017.