Kristie Soares, PhD
Department of Women & Gender Studies
University of Colorado Boulder



I am an Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies and an active performance artist. Both my performance work and my research explore issues of queerness in Caribbean and Latinx communities. My 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. My work has been published in Frontiers, Letras Femeninas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Remezcla and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Like my research, my teaching draws heavily on queer and performance methodologies. I encourage students to “try out” intellectual concepts using their bodies, through decolonial pedagogies such as Spoken Word Poetry and Theatre of the Oppressed. I also facilitate performance poetry workshops in schools and juvenile detention facilities. My own performance work is invested in making political statements in and through the body.