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V. Gina Diaz

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V. Gina Díaz is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary art, visual culture, and cultural politics at the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender. She has received support for her research from the Mellon Foundation (currently a dissertation fellow) and the Ford Foundation (formerly a pre-doctoral fellow). Gina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Her areas of research and teaching are women of color, indigenous, and transnational feminist theories; queer of color critique; and cultural studies including art and visual culture, critical museum studies, and cultural politics of the Américas. She has taught at UNM and at the University of California, Davis and has presented her research in numerous venues. Gina began doctoral work while she was senior curator at the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs). She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her 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 member of the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Board of Directors; and curatorial work with the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.