Sandra Ruiz

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Personal profile

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

Professional Information

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.

Honors & Awards


Graduate Seminar: Issues in Performance Studies
Graduate Seminar: Minoritarian Aesthetics
Grad/Undergrad: Brown and Black Existentialisms
Grad/Undergrad: Latinx Performance & Performance Studies
Grad/Undergrad: Latinx Dramatists from the 1960s to the Future
Undergraduate: Theories and Methods in Latina/o Studies

Office Address

1207 W. Oregon Street, MC 136
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

Education/Academic qualification

Performance Studies, Ph.D., New York University

Performance Studies, MA, New York University

English Language & Literature, BA, University of Chicago

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Research Output

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., Feb 19 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,.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ricanness: Enduring Time In Anticolonial Performance

Ruiz, S., Jul 2019, New York University Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Organismal Futurisms in Brown Sound and Queer Luminosity: Getting Into Gressman's Cyborgian Skin

    Ruiz, S., 2017, In : Performance Matters . Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 72-91

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Review of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam

    Ruiz, S., 2016, In : American Literary History. 7

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    El Caribe on the Horizon: José Esteban Muñoz and the Commitment to Futurity

    Ruiz, S., Jul 1 2015, In : Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. 19, 2, p. 94-103 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle