Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr., received his PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. He holds an MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies, also from UCSB, and a BA and MA in Spanish from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Alvarez’s research interests include Latina/o performance, Latina/o popular culture, queer latinidad, queer oral history, queer migrations, Los Angeles Studies, Fat Studies, critical feminist geography, SWAPA (Spoken-Word-Art- Performance-as-Activism) and decolonial consciousness. He has been published in the Oral History Review and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, as well in the 2014 Lambda Literary nominated anthology, Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out. His forthcoming publications include poetry and prose in Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano and Chicano Poetry and in an anthology on Queer Chicana/o, Xicana/o Spiritualities both by Kórima Press. He is working on an essay on Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi and her queer Latina/o fandom, an edited anthology on queer LGBTQ immigrant experiences, and a book project, based on his dissertation, “Space, Identity and Memory in Queer Brown Los Angeles: Finding Sequins in the Rubble.” Dr. Alvarez is a member of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Oral History Association, and a founding member of the queer Chicana/o, Latina/o organization AJAAS, the Association for Jotería, Arts, Activism and Scholarship.
In addition to scholarly work, Dr. Alvarez is also a spoken word performer and poet. At UCSB he was a member of W.O.R.D (Women of Color Revolutionary Dialogues) and Yolotl de Papalotl (Heart of Butterfly), both collectives of women and queer people of color who practiced healing and transformation through writing, dialogue and spoken word, performing on campus and in community venues. He has also performed in the “Performing the World Conference” in Tarrytown, New York, the Fusion People of Color Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, and other venues. He attributes his academic--creative accomplishments to the seeds of knowledge and encouragement planted in him by his Cuban father and his Mexican mother. His life journeys have taken him from being a grade school teacher to staff development, to higher education. From the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, to Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara, Washington DC, Albuquerque, Virginia, Fullerton, and back to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles to finish his doctorate, he has landed at SUNY Oneonta, where he will be teaching courses in Latina/o Studies.
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