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Jessica Pabón

Jessica N. Pabón is ABD in the Performance Studies Department at New York University and specializes in Transnational Feminisms, Latina/o and Africana Studies, Queer Studies, and Visual Art and Performance. Recognized by the American Association of University Women (American Fellowship) and the Ford Foundation (Honorable Mention), her dissertation, The ‘Art of Getting Ovaries’: Female Graffiti Artists and the Politics of Presence in Hip Hop’s Graffiti Subculture, breaks scholarly ground in the study of graffiti subculture by analyzing the modes of resistance female graffiti artists cultivate to manage the material effects of being women in a male-dominated subculture. She documents the lives of over seventy-five women who spend their days as biologists, CEOs, editors, mothers, and teachers, and their nights painting on the streets of cities like Cape Town, León, Melbourne, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Shizuoka, and Toronto. Formerly the Director of US Relations for Rede Nami, a Brazilian feminist urban arts collective, she continues her advocacy work as curator for bOb gallery in NYC. She has publications forthcoming in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and TDR: the journal of performance studies. She blogs about her research at http://artofgettingovaries.wordpress.com.