Cristina Jo Pérez, Ph.D.

Cristina Jo Perez

Position Title
Visiting Assistant Professor

Mellon/ACLS Comparative Border Studies

3129 Hart Hall

Cristina Jo Pérez is a Mellon/ACLS Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies at the University of California, Davis. She teaches a graduate seminar in Cultural Studies titled ‘Queer of Color Critique’ and an undergraduate course in ‘Sexualities, Immigration, and Detention’ in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Cristina is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Department of Women’s Studies and a 2015-2016 MIT Predoctoral Diversity Fellow.

Cristina’s current project, Bodies on the Line: Violence, Disposable Subjects, and the US-Mexico Border Industrial Complex interrogates how discourses of Mexican migrants as racialized, gendered, and hypersexualized “deviants” normalize violence against border crossers. Starting at the national boundary between Juárez/El Paso and following the expanding border, the manuscript uses a multi-method approach to explore how the Mexican migrant is constructed in historical archives, in everyday interactions between border crossers and agents, and in the media. Bodies on the Line pays careful attention not just to the way that border violence is situated within global circuits of labor, capital, and ideology, but also how violence works through time. More broadly, Cristina’s research interests bring together transnational feminisms, queer of color critique, and the study of border violence.


Cristina Jo Pérez and Jessica Kenyatta Walker. “Considering People of Color in The Politics of Self-Care.” Powerlines. Spring 2015.

“Sexuality and Cognitive Disability: A Discussion About Rights, Victimization, and Education.” New Mexico Association of School Psychologists Review. 18, 3 (2009): 7-10.

Selected Research Presentations

“The Border Industrial Complex as a Technology of Un/Homing.” American Studies Association Conference. Denver, CO, November 17-20, 2016.

“Promiscuous Approaches to Mexican Migrant Sexuality: Queerness and the Reproduction of the ‘Anti-Citizen.’” Latina/o Studies Association Conference on Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, Incivility, and (Un)Disciplinarity. Pasadena, CA, July 7-9, 2016.

“Violent Poetics: The Sensate Nation and the Wounding Migrant” Public Talks by GCWS Dissertation Workshop Pariticipants: Women’s and Gender Studies Dissertation Works in Progress. Cambridge, MA, May 10, 2016.

“Making Publishing Opportunites as a Graduate Student.” Feminist Strategies in the Classroom and Beyond. Waltham, MA, April 9, 2016.

“The Case of Blanca Borrego: Migrating Borders, Queer Subjects, and Disoriented Desire.” Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Global Studies and Languages Series. Cambridge, MA, November 9, 2015.

Panelist. Urban Planning Film Series: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie). Cambridge, MA, November 5, 2015.

“Violence, Disposability, and the Border Industrial Complex.” National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukee, WI, November 12-15, 2015.

“Militarizing our Metaphor: Anzaldúan Thought in the Age of the Border Industrial Complex.” Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, El Mundo Zurdo Conference. Austin, TX, May 27-30, 2015.

Moderator. Obstacles and Opportunities: Emergining International LGBTQ Issues. Saul I. Stern Symposium. College Park, MD, April 29, 2015. (Invited)

“Translating Bodies at the Border: Untangling Border Violence in the Case of Sergio Hernández Güereca.” National Women’s Studies Association. San Juan, PR, November 13-16, 2014.

Moderator. Critical Disability Studies: A Panel of Emerging Scholars at Maryland. Rise Above Ableism Campaign. College Park, MD, Oct 8, 2014. (Invited)

“‘Until I’m One With You, My World Is Torn In Two’: Forced Intimacies on the Mexico-US Border.” Queer Intimacies: Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium. College Park, MD, April 25, 2014.

“Everyday Borders: Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Hotel Room Doors.” National Women’s Studies Association. Cincinnati, OH, November 7-10, 2013.

“State Histories, Temporal Boundaries, and Racialization in True Blood.” Interventions: Women’s Studies on the Edge. College Park, MD, October 16, 2013.

“Touching Embodied History: True Blood and Temporal Borders.” Popular Culture and American Culture Association National Conference. Washington, DC, March 27-30, 2013

“Assembling Borders, (Dis)assembling Bodies.” National Women’s Studies Association. Oakland, CA, November 8-11, 2012.

“Eliminating Intolerance in the Classroom: Teaching to Address Root Causes.” Center for Teaching Excellence: 17th Annual Action Research Conference. Taos, NM, June 4-6, 2009.

“Teachers and Students Raise our Voices: Using Critical Action Research to Support Students.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, April 30-May 4, 2009.