Kristie Soares has accepted the position of co-director of LGBTQ Studies at CU Boulder. Soares, assistant professor of women and gender studies, has been a CU faculty member since 2018 and starts this new role in January 2022.
“I am honored to step into this position,” said Soares. “As a scholar of queer Latinx studies and a genderqueer lesbian myself, I am committed to fostering the study of gender and sexuality at CU Boulder.”
Soares holds a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from University of Florida, a master’s degree in comparative literature from CU Boulder; and a doctoral degree in comparative literature from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Soares’ work focuses on 19th–21st century Latinx media and literature, with a specialization in queer Caribbean cultural production. Their book Joyful Protest: The Political Work of Joy in Latinx Media is under contract with University of Illinois Press in its Feminist Media Studies series.
Soares will join Emmanuel David, associate professor of women and gender studies, as co-director of LGBTQ Studies and will succeed Bud Coleman, who has served in this position since 2000. Coleman joined the CU faculty in 1993 and has recently been named associate dean of faculty affairs and initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The LGBTQ Studies program was established in 1995 and offers an undergraduate certificate that deepens understanding of the interdisciplinary and intersectional academic study of sexualities.
Editor’s note: Soares prefers the gender-neutral pronouns they/them.