Kristie Soares is an Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies and an active performance artist. Both her performance work and her research explore issues of queerness in Caribbean and Latinx communities. She earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida.
Professor Soares’ work focuses on 19th-21st century Latinx literature and media, with a specialization in queer Caribbean and Chicanx cultural production. Her current book project, Salsa Epistemology, engages with salsa—a music and dance tradition—to show how embodied playfulness figures as an integral part of queer activism in the Spanish Caribbean diaspora. Professor Soares is also currently working on a project that examines how discourses of lesbianism and criminology were interwoven in early 20th century Latin American feminism. Her work has been published in Frontiers, Letras Femeninas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Remezcla.
Professor Soares’ teaching draws heavily on queer and performance methodologies. She encourages students to “try out” intellectual concepts using their bodies, through decolonial pedagogies such as the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic and Theatre of the Oppressed. For many years she also facilitated performance poetry workshops in schools and juvenile detention facilities around Southern California. Her own performance work is invested in making political statements in and through the body Her most recent performance project is a play she co-wrote with her writing partner, Katrina Ruiz, entitled Arroz con Mango. The play offers a humorous but poignant depiction of growing up queer and Cuban in Miami.
“The Cuban Missile Crisis of White Masculinity: Tito Bonito and the Burlesque Butt.” The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Pop Culture in Latin America. Routledge, 2017.
“Garzona Nationalism: The Confluence of Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in the Cuban Republic.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 35.3 (2014)
“Traveling Queer Subjects: Homosexuality in the Cuban Diaspora.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 45.3 (2011)
“From Canary Birds to Suffrage: Lavinia’s Feminist Role in Who Would Have Thought It?” Letras Femeninas 35.2: 211-229 (2009)
“The Political Implications of Playing Hopefully: A Negotiation of the Present and the Utopic in Queer Theory.” The Un/Making of Latina/o Citizenship: Culture, Politics and Aesthetics. Ed. Ellie D. Hernández and Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
“’Who Do I Have to Forgive to Move On From This Place?’: Meditations from a Third World Feminist Lesbian.” Queer Girls in the Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories. Ed. Lori Horvitz. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.