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V. Gina Diaz

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V. Gina Diaz (she/ella/they) is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary art, visual culture, and cultural politics at the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender. Gina’s areas of research and teaching are women of color, indigenous, and transnational feminisms; queer of color critique; and cultural studies including art and visual culture, critical museum studies, and cultural politics of the Américas. The Mellon and Ford Foundations have generously supported her doctoral research. Gina’s article arguing for museum praxis that queerly decolonizes visuality was published in Anthropology Now in 2011 (3:1). Recently she was selected to be a Faculty First-Look Scholar at New York University. Ginahas presented her work in numerous academic and museum venues and has taught at the Universities of California and New Mexico.

For Imagining America: Artists + Scholars in Public Life, where Gina is a PAGE Fellow, she participated in her cohort’s blog salon. She became curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s art museum after earning her M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also worked on various museum projects including the California Indian Heritage Center and with the Smithsonian Latino Center. Gina’s community work includes leadership in the national Museums & Race collective; collaboration with Museums as a Site for Social Action (or MASS Action) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; exhibition development as a board member of the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House; and curatorial work with the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.