ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow


Jorge Sánchez Cruz holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, 2018. His research operates at the intersection of Latin(o) American literary and cultural studies, queer and trans studies, indigenous and performance studies, and critical theory. 

His current manuscript, Aesthetics of Dissent: AIDS and Sexual Politics in the Americas, investigates how the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1990s and new emerging embodiments of this century have reconfigured subjectivity, sexually, corporeally and racially. This project argues that it is through literary, cultural and visual practices we can see, feel, and engage with minoritarian subjects’ modes of quotidian and communal acts of prolonging non-normative life.  

Before coming to UPenn, Jorge was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the program of Critical Theory at Northwestern University. 

Area of Expertise


Histories of Gender and Sexuality LGBTQ Studies and Queer Theory Social Change and Social Justice Transnational Feminisms Women of Color Feminisms