Lau Malaver
Ethnic Studies Lead
Lead Graduate Fellow 2021-22

Lau Malaver [They/them/elle] is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Their research interests include: Critical race and cultural social theory, performance studies, queer and trans of color critiques, women of color feminisms, critical disability studies, and de/post/anti-colonial thinking. They’re developing a praxis-oriented theory called recovecos (Spanish for nook, twist, turn) that explores the politics of knowledge production, what it means to be human, and the poetics of enduring and ensuring existence for and by trans, gender nonconforming, and queer people of color. Lau has taught undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, ranging from 5-days/week language classes to AY and summer courses in Africana Studies, Contemporary African American Social Movements, Critical Sports Studies, and Foundations of Ethnic Studies. They love teaching and creating a collaborative environment with students who want to put their learning into practice for social transformation. Lau’s work appears in Chiricú Journal, Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities, Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP/Journal), Ecumenica: Journal of Performance and Religion, The Acentos Review, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Lau is a performer and fiction writer.