Juana María Rodríguez is Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and in the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that investigates how forms of representation that combine visual documentation with auto/biographical narrative transform our affective encounters with the lives of Latina sex workers.
An active contributor to numerous campus initiatives, Professor Rodríguez is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California.