Jorge Sanchez Cruz

Jorge Sanchez Cruz

Visiting Assistant Professor (Spanish)

Jorge Sánchez Cruz received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2018. His field of research explores the relationship between aesthetics and politics in 20th and 21st Latin(o) American literature and culture, and its intersections with sexuality and queer studies, travesti and trans theories, and critical race theory.

His current manuscript, Aesthetics of Dissent: AIDS and Sexual Politics in the Americas, proposes to see, feel, and engage with minoritarian subjects’ cultural productions fueled by the search of prolonging life. Focusing on the 1980s and 1990s, the project contextualizes the role of writers, artists, and activists’ roles in civil and human rights movements and shows how their aesthetics—chronicles, visual art, poetry, and manifestoes—expose acts of sexual violence and seropositive aberration.

A second project in-the-making explores the intersection of queer theory and decolonial thought, with an emphasis in Oaxaca and Chile.

He also writes about undocumented rights and on cultural practices by undocu-queer writers and artists.

Before arriving to Harvard, he was an ACLS postdoctoral researcher in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018-2019, he held the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow position in Latin American Critical Theory and Latin American Sexuality Studies in the Program of Critical Theory at Northwestern University.




“Debility, Negative Affect, Mobility: Undocu-Queer Aesthetics, and the Right to Thrive, Social Text, forthcoming.


Trans Readings and Translocalities in Macanera Gómez Barris’ Beyond the Pink Tide,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (vol. 8. no. 3, 2021, pp. 409-412.


“Suspensión de género: travestismo y la cuestión de lo trans en Salón de belleza (1999),” Revista de estudios de género, La ventana, vol. 6, no. 54, 2021, pp. 304-325.


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