Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Laura G. Gutiérrez

Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Interim Chair
Laura G. Gutiérrez



Latin American and Latina/o performance studies; visual cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; feminist theory; queer theory; race and racial formations; and inter-American and transnational studies


Laura G. Gutiérrez is the Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies  of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Her primary research and teaching areas of interest are: Latin American, Mexican and Latina/o embodied practices, gender and sexuality, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. Gutiérrez is the author of Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas y Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (U Texas P, 2010), which won The Ninth Annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.

Gutiérrez has published essays and book chapters in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Culture StudiesTransformationsSpectatorStudies in Latin American Popular CultureLatin American Literary ReviewFeminist Media StudiesGlobal Mexican Cultural ProductionsVelvet Barrios: Popular Culture & Chicana/o Sexualities.

Currently, in addition to completing several essays on Latina/o performance and cabaret performance in the Americas, Gutiérrez’s research and writing includes two book-length projects. The first is a book on the primary figures of rumbera cinema, tentatively entitled Rumberas in Motion (Pictures): Transnational Movements in the Archive of Mexican 'Classic' Cinema. The book examines dance and other corporeal movements to think through the ways in which embodied performances in popular cultural forms (B movies to be precise) are producing ideas about gender, sexuality, and blackness. The second book in progress is a history of political cabaret culture in Mexico City. It specifically focuses on the ways in which political cabaret as a live artistic expression has existed and continues to exist alongside (and in some cases despite) the different moments of Mexican political history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Gutiérrez received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has had teaching appointments at the University of Iowa and the University of Arizona. Gutiérrez’s research and writing has been supported by a César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona and a Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, “Sex, Race & Globalization Project” at the University of Arizona. Gutiérrez is on the Board of Advisors of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and on the Editorial Boards of Feminist Formations and Estudios de Género (El Colegio de México). She holds affiliate appointments in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also a faculty associate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and has served on its Executive Committee (2015-2017).


MAS F392 • Nafta/Neolib/Narco Culture-Mex

82025 • Summer 2017
(also listed as MAS F326)

Examines the historic rise of neoliberal reform and narco culture as a tie to the North American Free Trade Agreement brokered between the United States, Canada, and Mexico in 1994. Mexican American Studies 326 and MAS 374 (Topic: NAFTA/Neoliberalism/Narco Cul) may not both be counted.

Hour(s) to be arranged. Restricted to students participating in the summer program in Mexico City, Mexico; contact the department for permission to register for this class.

Class meets May 26-July 6. Faculty-led Abroad Program taught in Mexico City, Mexico. Students must consult with Study Abroad Program Coordinator as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these dates.

MAS 177 • Mellon Mays Program Seminar

35340 • Spring 2016
Meets W 2:00PM-3:00PM GWB 1.138

The MMUF Student Research Success for Academic Careers summer workshop will focus MMUF researchers on their summer projects. The course will feature units on methodology, understanding and constructing bibliographies, annotation, literature reviews, and writing skills, including emphasis on sharing writing with cohort peers.

T D 357T • Transntnl Mex & Embodied Prac

26800 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WIN B.202
(also listed as LAS 328)

Latin American Studies 328 and LAS 370S may not both be counted unless the topics vary

MAS 374 • Latino/A Popular Culture

36681 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WIN 2.112
(also listed as LAS 322)

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