Sandra Ruiz

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Contact Information

Department of Latina/Latino Studies
1207 W. Oregon Street
M/C 136
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Performance Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, Latinx Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Gender, Sexuality & Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Continental Philosophy, Contemporary American Literature, Theatre Studies, Minoritarian Aesthetics

Research Description

Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance (NYU Press, June 2019) investigates the relationship between Puerto Rican subjectivity, gender, sexuality, and revolutionary performance under colonial time. Ruiz argues that Ricanness—a continual performance of bodily endurance against US colonialism through different measures of time—uncovers what’s at stake politically for the often unwanted, anticolonial, racialized and sexualized enduring body. Moving among theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic come together at the site of aesthetics, against the colonization of time. Analyzing the work of artists and revolutionaries like ADÁL, Lebrón, Papo Colo, Pedro Pietri, and Ryan Rivera, Ricanness imagines a Rican future through the time travel extended in their aesthetic interventions, illustrating how they have reformulated time itself through nonlinear aesthetic practices.

Education

Performance Studies, Ph.D., New York University
Performance Studies, MA, New York University
English Language & Literature, BA, University of Chicago

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, English
Assistant Professor, Comparative and World Literature

Recent Publications

Ruiz, S. (2019). Ricanness: Enduring Time In Anticolonial Performance. New York University Press.

Ruiz, S. (2019). Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal: "Crossing the Line: The Here and Now of Race and Gender, and the Entanglements of Love in Performance Art and Pedagogy,”. In Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal : Crossing the Line: The Here and Now of Race and Gender, and the Entanglements of Love in Performance Art and Pedagogy,

Ruiz, S. (2017). Organismal Futurisms in Brown Sound and Queer Luminosity: Getting Into Gressman's Cyborgian Skin. Performance Matters , Vol. 3(No. 2), 72-91.

Ruiz, S. (2016). Review of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam. American Literary History, 7.

Ruiz, S. (2015). Waiting in the seat of sensation: The Brown existentialism of Ryan Rivera. Women and Performance, 25(3), 336-352. https://doi.org/10.1080/0740770X.2015.1124670

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