Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
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Office: 622 Barrows Hall (On sabbatical until January 2017)
Juana María Rodríguez is Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Department and in the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that investigates how forms of representation that combine visual documentation with auto/biographical narrative transform our affective encounters with the lives of Latina sex workers.
An active contributor to numerous campus initiatives, Professor Rodríguez is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. 



  • Professor Rodríguez Interviewed on CTV in Canada
    Nov 8 2016 - 4:19pm

    Professor Juana María Rodríguez appearing on Canadian television to talk about gender issues in this years election.

  • Professor Rodriguez writing on the Orlando Shooting for NBC News
    Jun 16 2016 - 10:26am
  • Professor Rodriguez's class featured in HASTAC Blog
    May 21 2016 - 8:10am

    In Spring 2016, Professor Rodríguez's LGBT 146 class Cultural Representations of Sexuality created Wikipedia pages to highlight the contributions of queers of colors, with a particular emphasis on local California LGBTQ activists. This class was featured in a blog by Cathy Davidson from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) a site dedicated to promoting the Digital Humanities in Academia. 

    Check out the article here:

  • Professor Rodríguez will deliver the Assembly Series Address at Washington University
    Mar 22 2016 - 11:19am

    Professor Rodríguez will be the 2016 Washington University Distinguished Visiting Scholar and deliver a lecture entitled "The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal: Corporeal Encounters, Queer Feelings" as part of the prestigious Assembly Series at Washington University. In addition to her Assembly Series Address, Rodríguez will meet with faculty, hold a graduate research workshop, speak with undergraduate student groups, and attend a few select WGSS classes. Professor Rodríguez’s lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and will be the first Assembly Series Address to be hosted by the Department of Women, Sexuality and Gender Studies as part of their Decentering the West Lecture Series. 

    Below is link to an interview with Professor Rodríguez regarding her work and her visit to Washington University.

  • Beyond the Ivory Tower: Interview with Professor Rodriguez
    Feb 25 2016 - 1:47pm

    Performance Studies graduate student, Miyuki Baker, interviews Professor Rodríguez for her innovative series, Beyond the Ivory Tower, a series of blog posts that combines drawings with interviews to demystify the world of academic life.

  • Professor Rodríguez on NPR's Latino USA
    Feb 19 2016 - 10:02am

    In this podcast from NPR's Latino USA, Professor Rodríguez is invited to talk about "Latinx: The Ungendering of the Spanish Language"

  • Professor Rodríguez wins MLA's Alan Bray prize
    Dec 22 2015 - 12:25pm

    Professor Rodríguez has won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize given by the GL/Q Caucus of the MLA for her book, Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. This prize is given for an outstanding book in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies in literature and cultural studies. 

    This is the second time that a Berkeley GWS member has won this prize, in 2014 Mel Chen's book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect also won this prestigious book award for queer studies.

  • Professor Rodríguez featured in UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix Faculty Spotlight
    Dec 10 2015 - 3:58pm

    In this article, Professor Rodríguez discusses statistics, queer theory, and mixed methodological approaches to the study of sexuality with DEWGS student Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan.

  • Professor Rodriguez "in conversation" with Laverne Cox
    Nov 24 2015 - 11:06am

    Laverne Cox will speak Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom. The program will include remarks by Vice Chancellor Na’ilah Nasir and an audience Q&A session moderated by Professor Juana María Rodriguez. While the event is open to the general public, members of the UC Berkeley community can pre-register for the free event — co-sponsored by the ASUC, the LEAD Center and Cross-Cultural Student Development.

  • Professor Rodríguez in Conversation with Laverne Cox
    Nov 17 2015 - 9:47pm

    Professor Juana María Rodríguez will be moderating a Q & A session with Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer, and transgender rights activist Laverne Cox. Cox will speak Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom. While the event is open to the general public, members of the UC Berkeley community can pre-register for the free event — co-sponsored by the ASUC, the LEAD Center and Cross-Cultural Student Development — beginning Friday, Nov. 20.

  • Professor Rodríguez at the American Studies Association Panel 2015
    Oct 25 2015 - 4:57pm

    American Studies Association Panel on "The Miseries of Marriage: What Queers Lose When We Win" with Lisa Duggan, Chandan Reddy, Susan Stryker, Chantal Nadeau and Kevin Murphy. Moderated by Jason Ruiz.

    Professor Rodriguez starts at 3:30

  • Professor Rodríguez quoted on NBC's article on LGBT Latinos
    Jun 15 2015 - 12:45pm

    Professor Rodríguez is quoted on the need for a more expansive LGBT agenda in NBC news article entitled "LGBT Latinos: Despite Challenges, Greater Empowerment and Progress."

  • Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings nominated for a Lammy
    Mar 4 2015 - 3:44pm

    Professor Rodríguez's book Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Known as the Lammys, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2014. Professor Rodriguez's book is a finalist in the LGBT Studies category.

    See more at:

  • Professor Rodríguez quoted in Atlantic Magazine on teaching about sexuality in High School
    Feb 4 2015 - 10:02am
  • Professor Rodríguez quoted in California Magazine: A Publication of the Cal Alumni Association
    Jan 15 2015 - 12:16pm
  • Professor Rodríguez on Street Harassment
    Nov 25 2014 - 5:42pm

    In this roundtable discussion in Cosmo Latina, Professor Rodríguez shares her thoughts on street harassment, piropos, and hidden forms of sexual harassment.

  • Faculty Profile: Juana Maria Rodriguez on sexuality in public discourse
    Oct 22 2014 - 11:34am

    Professor Rodríguez is interviewed by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Equitable Society on her new book and the importance of engaging sexuality in public discourse.

  • Prof. Rodríguez on NPR's Latino USA:
    Aug 9 2014 - 7:40am

    "Taking on Academia: A Conversation about Latino Studies"

  • Out in Academia: Interview with Prof. Juana María Rodríguez
    Aug 9 2014 - 7:35am
  • The Promise of Transformative Education
    May 13 2014 - 8:16pm

     The link below is taken from Professor Rodríguez's keynote address to the Creating Connections Consortium meeting held at UC Berkeley, where she discusses diversity in higher education and the promise of transformative education.

  • Video: Panel Discussion on Erotic Life of Racism Panel
    Aug 10 2013 - 11:05am

    In her recent book The Erotic Life of Racism, Sharon Holland implores us to consider "how the transatlantic slave trade altered the very shape of sexuality in the Americas for everyone." This panel considers the erotic domain, which offers a glimpse into explicit and enduring racial preferences in an age where racial bias has become veiled and subtle. Consider, for example, common statements in online dating profiles declaring a "preference" for "whites only" or "no blacks and Asians." Since most people consider sex and romantic relationships key to their personal happiness, examining racial disparities in this domain may provide a marker of racial progress, particularly as it intersects with gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. How does racism manifest itself in intimate interracial relationships? How do racialized differences, such as skin color, continue to have erotic impact even in the absence of white actors? What, if anything, can we do about it?

    Panel Presenters:

    • Melissa Murray is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.
    • Russell Robinson is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is the chair of the HIFIS LGBTQ cluster, and the panel moderator.
    • Juana María Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.

    (Rodriguez's talk begins at 41:00)

  • 2013 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award
    Mar 23 2013 - 2:45pm

    Nominated by inspired colleagues, current and former graduate students, Professor Juana María Rodríguez was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to helping UC Berkeley graduate students succeed academically and professionally and creatively pursue new ideas. 

  • Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez awarded Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award!
    Feb 13 2013 - 10:24am

    Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez received the Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012.  She will be honored at a reception on Thursday, February 7, 2013  in the Durant Hall Atrium (2nd floor) from 4-6pm.  For information on Professor Rodriguez' research please visit her faculty page. Congratulations Professor Rodriguez!


Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. New York University Press, 2014

Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces. New York University Press, 2003
Selected Publications:

“Pornographic Encounters and Interpretative Interventions: Vanessa Del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 25, no. 3 (September 2, 2015): 315–35. 

“Queering the Archive: A Roundtable Discussion.” Radical History Review 2014 (120), Fall 2014: 211-233.

“Brujería: The Queer Karaoke Remix.” Chicana/Latina Studies 14:2 (Spring 2015): 58-59.

“Latino, Latino/a, Latin@.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition.  Edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler.  146-148. NY: New York University Press, 2014.

“Viscous Pleasures and Unruly Feminisms.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20, no. 4 (2014): 10-13.

“Queer Sociality and Other Sexual Fantasies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17, no. 2 (2011): 331-48.

“Translating Queer Caribbean Localities in Sirena Selena Vestida De Pena.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 34, no. 3 (2009): 205-23.

“The Affirmative Activism Project.” Profession. December 2007: 156-166.

“Ethnic Scholarship, Transnational Studies, Institutional Locations.” PMLA 122 (2007): 812-14.

“Gesture and Utterance: Fragments from a Butch Femme Archive.” In A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, edited by George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry, 282-91. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007

“Getting F****D in Puerto Rico: Metaphoric Provocations and Queer Activist Practices.” In None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era edited by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, 129-45. New York: Palgrave, 2007
Selected Digital Publications 

“The Promise of Transformative Education.” Creating Connections Consortium, May 13, 2014

“Our Chusma, Ourselves: On the Ghosts of Queerness Past.” boundary2, March 10, 2014 



Queer Latinidad
Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (Sexual Cultures)
Juana Rodriguez
NYU Press, 2003

Rodríguez documents the ways in which identities are transformed by encounters with language, the law, culture, and public policy. She identifies three key areas as the project's case studies: activism; immigration law; and cyberspace. In each, Rodríguez theorizes the ways queer Latino/a identities are enabled or constrained.

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings
Juana Maria Rodriguez
New York University Press, 2014

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings proposes a theory of sexual politics that works in the interstices between radical queer desires and the urgency of transforming public policy, between utopian longings and everyday failures.

  • Studies of Sex, Sexuality, and Race
  • Latin@ Popular Culture, Performance Studies, and Media Arts
  • Queer Theory and Cultural Activism
  • Critical Race Theory