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Naomi Wood

Associate Professor, Chair

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Naomi Pueo Wood is an assistant professor in the Spanish and Portuguese department and core faculty in Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies and Feminist and Gender Studies. Her research areas include: Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures, Hemispheric Studies, and Transnational Queer Popular Culture. Her forthcoming article "Publicando el placer: los gestos queer en la música y el performance de Kumbia Queers y Krudas Cubensi" addresses the tendency in gay-rights activism to emphasize tropes of "struggling" and "fighting" for rights and thus de-centers the pleasure and joy also located in sexual and gender expression. Her current projects include an article examining representations in film and literature of the relationship of American potty Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares and an in-progress manuscript on the travels of "queer" as an identity and theoretical category in Latin American popular culture. 

Research Interests

Latin American Feminisms
Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Brazilian Cultural Studies
Gender and Queer Studies
Performance and Dance Studies
Popular Culture, Hip Hop Studies
Diaspora Studies
Film and Visual Arts
Postcolonial Studies


    Ph.D Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2011

    M.A. Hispanic Literatures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006

    B.A. Comparative Literature, Mills College, 2002