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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Updates

Ana Cornide | Francisco Galarte | Adam Geary | Jamie Lee | Adela C. Licona | Eithne Luibheid | V. Spike Peterson

Ana Cordidnide
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona Ana Cornide has exemplified dedicated service and teaching at the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her work has been recognized through the College of Humanities with the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award. These honors reflect her impressive research and grant writing which include outreach for UA and Tucson students in academic and community arts-centered programming. In the past year those grants have connected hundreds of UA undergraduates to the local theater community and the work of the theater group Digna, which she also supports as a founding board member. The artworks made in collaboration with Digna’s most recent production, which focused on 43 dissappeared students in Mexico City, has generated an archival project for students in the School of Information Science’s Archival Studies.


Francisco Galarte
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Image result for Francisco GalarteProfessor Francisco Galarte, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, has recently returned from Duke University where he was invited to create a workshop on forming inclusive classroom environments for transgender students. The workshop provided models and training in creating a classroom that incorporates trans* students, with examples of best-practices and illustrations. As a member of the Institute for LGBT Studies Transgender Studies Initiative, Professor Galarte has been influential in improving the campus climate for queer and trans students of color, serving as the Faculty Fellow for the LGBTQ Resource Center, and coordinator of the Institute’s QTPOC Speaker Series, which organizes public lectures and events with nationally influential scholars and activists. Professor Galarte’s scholastic impact includes consistent editorial work with the journal Transgender Studies Quarterly including being the co-editor of Issue 2.3 “Trans*formational Pedagogies.” He was also the recent feature at the online academic site Ideas on Fire as the 32nd installment of the “Imagine Otherwise” podcast.



Adam Geary
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Image result for adam geary meet the facProfessor Adam Geary, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), has greatly impacted interdisciplinary research on HIV/AIDS, Black Studies, and Psychoanalysis. He organized the last James J. Leo Symposium titled “Dis-Orienting AIDS Discourse” featuring five prominent artists and scholars from across the country. This public event, held at the University of Arizona, resulted in publishing the work of two of those scholars in a special issue of the journal Drain on AIDS and Memory (Volume 13, Issue 2). His career has exemplified dedication to graduate studies, serving as the current Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of GWS. His new course, Critical Pessimisms: Afro-pessimism, Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis is also a part of the new Social Cultural and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. His own scholarship on AIDS, psychoanalysis, and antiblack racism has been published in the form of his recent book, Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), as well as in article form in the Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies. He is an active influence in his academic fields, and will be presenting new work at the upcoming national conference of the Society of the Social Studies of Science meeting in August 2017.


Jamie Lee
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Image result for adam geary meet the facProfessor Jamie Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society in the School of Information (Arizona’s iSchool) at the University of Arizona, is at the forefront of digital information and cultural studies research through her scholarship, teaching, activism, and service. Besides her position in the School of Information, she is also the founder and director of the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA), held at the Institute for LGBT Studies. In 2008, Jamie founded the Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project, Arizona’s first LGBTQ archives. Since 2011, this project has expanded into the AQA, where she is developing and applying a queer/ed archival methodology, to support archivists through rapidly changing information environments and the implications — socially, culturally, and technologically — of these changes. Her work has been critically acclaimed in publications including the Journal of Critical Library and Information Science, Archival Science Journal, and in edited collections examining the future of archives in the digital age. At the UA she has created the Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab which provides graduate and undergraduate students with a teaching/learning space for digital media production that critical engages with storytelling as a disciplinary method. This project will be submitting a proposal for the 2017 Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (DHAG).



Adela C. Licona
Director, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Professor Adela C. Licona, current Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona and Vice Chair of the UA Social Cultural, Critical Theory Graduate Minor, has not only produced a full schedule of public programming at the University and in Tucson, but has also contributed to the scholastic fields which the Institute supports in our own research initiatives, as well as our large network of affiliated faculty. In the past academic year alone, she has published 8 new research articles with collected editions and high impact journals in the fields of LGBT Studies and Rhetoric. During the 2016 year she was honored as the invited visiting scholar at the Havens Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the lecture series “Considering the World-Making Possibilities of Wild Refractions.” Finally, since 2012, Professor Licona has contributed as an advisory board member to several astablished journals and academic societies, as well as, the local Tucson Youth Poetry Slam program. Most recently she completed a two-year term as Co-Chair for the National Women’s Studies Association, and last year successfully co-organized the first international National Women's Studies Conference in Montréal drawing over 1,800 attendees. She continues to serve on the NWSA Governing Council.


Eithne Luibhéid
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Photo Credit: Hai RenEithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies (GWS), and the coordinator for the Institute for LGBT Studies Queer Migration Network Initiative which recently produced a public lecture and roundtable discussion at the University of Arizona with University of California – Santa Cruz’s Professor Marcia Ochoa. She served as the Director of the Committee for LGBT Studies from 2005-2007, and the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies from 2007-2011. Her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, state immigration controls, and justice struggles. She has been an invited speaker at universities including Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, the Open University, the University of Amsterdam, and the National University of Singapore. In GWS, Luibhéid teaches courses on gender, sexuality, immigration, transnationalism, and social justice. Luibhéid is the author of Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). She is the editor of “Queer Migrations,” a special issue of GLQ (2008), and the co-editor of A Global History of Sexuality (Wiley Blackwell, 2014); Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); and “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.,” a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum (2004). In summer 2016, Luibhéid participated in a seminar on “States of Intimacy: Gender, Sexuality, and Governance in Modern U.S. History” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She also co-led a 1-week seminar on “Reproducing Europe” at Radboud University in the Netherlands and lectured at the University of Helsinki on “Intimate Ties and Migrant Deportability.” Luibhéid’s current book manuscript, “Citizenship, Deportability, and Queer Intimacies,” explores how deportability is being both extended and resisted through queer intimate ties between undocumented migrants and U.S. citizens, in ways that reconfigure citizen/migrant distinctions and inequalities among the citizenry.


V. Spike Peterson
Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

V. Spike Peterson Ph.D.'s pictureProfessor V. Spike Peterson is Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy with courtesy appointments in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and International Studies. Most recently, her scholarship has been recognized for its high impact by being awarded the 2016 Charles A. McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes a progressive political scientist who has had a long successful career as a writer, teacher, and activist. This past semester she was also awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester (UK), which included invitations to present her work at the Universities of Sussex, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and London/SOAS. She has also recently published a new article in the 56 issue of Political Geography, titled “Towards Queering the Globally Intimate,” advocating queer theory for more adequate critical understandings of resource accumulation, geopolitical inequalities, and migration politics.