Jennifer Ponce de Leon

Faculty Fellow

Jennifer Flores Sternad Ponce de León is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her research is situated at the intersection of literary studies, studies of contemporary visual arts and aesthetics, and the study of left social movements. Her research and teaching bring together 20th and 21st century U.S. Latino/a/x and Latin American cultural production within a hemispheric framework. Her areas of specialization also include Latino/a/x and Latin American cultural studies; Marxist cultural studies; anticolonial, postcolonial and decolonial thought; and critical development studies. Her current book project, Radical Politics Across the Arts of the Americas: Engagement & Experimentation in the New Millennium, is an interdisciplinary and transnational study of politically engaged literature, art, and performance by artists in Argentina and Chicano and Mexican artists in the U.S. It posits a transnational generational formation of cultural producers aligned with leftist movements and ideologies -- specifically, those whose politics are anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist -- and whose artistic production is shaped by social transformations brought about through neoliberalization and the influence of recent subaltern-popular movements. She received her PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University.

Dr. Ponce de León’s writing on performance art and U.S. Latino/a art has been published in Live Art in LA, 1970-1983, edited by Peggy Phelan; MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los AngelesGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesContemporary Theatre ReviewThe Journal of American Drama and Theater; and Interreview. Her essays on 21st century art and literature from Argentina have been published in Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization, edited by Lieven de Cauter, et. al. and in e-misférica. An essay on her experience in the first course of the Zapatistas’ Little School of Freedom [Escuelita de la libertad según las y los Zapatistas] was published in Dancing with the Zapatistas (Duke U. Press) and an essay on counterhistory and work by Argentine and Chicana art collectives is forthcoming in Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas / Hablar y Actuar: Arte, Pedagogía y Activismo en las Américas (U. Chicago Press). Dr. Ponce de León has also worked in the contemporary arts sphere; she has curated and organized exhibitions, conferences, and public art events on contemporary visual art, literature, and performance in Latin America and the U.S. 



Radical Arts: Literature, Visual Arts, Theater and Cinema in the Americas (ENGL 073, ARTH 299, LALS 73, THARS 73, COML 73, CIMS 73)

Introduction to Latina/o Literature and Culture: Literature, Art, and Theater Across the Latino/a/x U.S. (ENGL 70, ARTH 70, LALS 60, COML 70, GSWS 60)

Modernity, Colonialism & Race: Views from the Global South (ENGL 294, GSWS 296, COML 291)

Territories in Resistance: Race, Space and Writing (ENGL 270, THAR 375, LALS 291)


Anti-Imperialist and Decolonial Thought in Latin America: From Revolution and Development to New Social Movements and the 21st Century Left (ENGL 590, COML 590, GSWS 589, LALS 590)