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Alicia Arrizon

Alicia Arrizon


Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2049 INTN
(951) 827-4359

Research Areas

  • Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies, Feminist Theory; Chicana(o) Latin American/U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures; Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexualities.


  • PhD in Spanish with emphasis in 20th Century Latin America literatures/U.S. Latino Cultures, Stanford University, 1992


Alicia Arrizón is a Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her academic interests are firmly situated in contemporary cultural and performance studies, with a strong commitment to the examination of race and ethnicity and their interchange with gender and sexuality studies. Interdisciplinary concerns link her to the fields of performance and visual arts, literature, and critical race theory. She is the author of Latina Performance (Indiana University Press, 1999), designated an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and coauthor of Latinas on Stage (Third Woman Press, 2001). Her most recent book, Queering Mestizaje: Transculturation and Performance (published by the University of Michigan Press, 2006 and released in 2007) was awarded the fifth annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies for Outstanding Scholarship and ATHE 2008 Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre and Pedagogy.


  • 2008 Winner of the ATHE (Assoication for Theatre in Higher Education)
  • 2008 Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedogogy.
  • 2007 Co-winner of the 2007 MLA Book Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies
  • 2004 Residence Fellowship at the UCHRI: University of California Humanities Research Institute (UC Irvine).
  • 2000 "Latina Performance: Traversing the Stage," (Indiana University Press, 1999)selected as one of ten "Outstanding Academic Titles" by Choice
  • 1998 Nominated for the Gerald Kahn Prize of the American Society for Theatre Research for the best article in TDR/The Journal of Performance Studies, "Soldaderas and the Staging of the Mexican Revolution"
  • 1994-95 Institute of American Cultures: Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program (UCLA)


  • Queering Mestizaje: Transculturation and Performance (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006, released 2007).
    • Queering Mestizaje employs theories of postcolonial cultural studies (including performance studies, queer and feminist theory) to examine the notion of mestizaje—the mixing of races, and specifically indigenous peoples with European colonizers—and how this phenomenon manifests itself in three geographically diverse spaces: the U.S., Latin America, and the Philippines. Arrizón argues that as an imaginary site for racialized, gendered, and sexualized identities, mestizaje raises questions about historical transformation and cultural memory across Spanish postcolonial sites.
  • Latina Performance: Traversing the Stage (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).
    • Latina Performance examines the Latina subject whose work as dramatist, actress, theorist, and/or critic further defines the field of theatre and performance in the United States. Arrizón looks at the cultural politics that flows from the intersection of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and sexuality.
  • Latinas on Stage. Co-editors Alicia Arrizón and Lillian Manzor (Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 2000).
    • Latinas on Stage seeks to define in practice and in theory, a Latina theatrical aesthetics in the United States. A collection of performance scripts, interviews and criticism. The book includes the work of artists, scholars and activists.

Other Publications (Selected)

  • “Transcultural Performatives: Sexual and Linguistic Acts,” Ollantay: Theater Magazine, Vol. XV, N. 29-30 (2007), pp. 87-95.
  • “Performance Art and Theater,” in Latino and Latina Writers, Vol. 1, Alan West-Durán, editor (Farmington Hills: The Gale Group, 2004), pp. 81-100.
  • “Race-ing Performativity through Transculturation, Taste and the Mulata Body,” Theatre Research International Vol. 27, N. 2 (July 2002), pp. 136-152.
  • “Mythical Performativity: Relocating Aztlán in Chicana Feminist Productions,” Theatre Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1 (March 2000), pp. 23-49.
  • “Transculturation and Gender in U.S. Latina Performance,” Theatre Research International, Vol. 24, No. 3 (1999), pp. 288-294.
  • “Soldaderas and the Staging of the Mexican Revolution,” The Drama Review: The Journal of Performance Studies, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Spring 1998), pp. 90-112.

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