Who We Are
Affiliated Faculty & Lecturers
Misty De Berry
WGS Predoctoral Fellow
Visiting MLK Scholar
Women’s & Gender Studies
Women’s & Gender Studies/STS
Dr. Lorgia García-Peña is the Roy Clouse Associate Professor of Latinx Studies at Harvard University and the co-founder of Freedom University. She specializes in Latinx studies and Hispanic Caribbean literary and cultural studies with a special focus on the Dominican Republic and its Diaspora. Her research poses a dialogue among history, literature and cultural studies, paying close attention to questions of marginality, migration, and racial and ethnic identity formation. Dr. García-Peña’s first book The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions (Duke, Fall 2016) examines the ways in which Dominican national identity has been imagined and constructed through literature and history since the nineteenth century to the present in relationship to Haiti and the United States. The Borders of Dominicanidad won the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, the 2016 LASA Latino/a Studies Book Award and the 2016 Isis Duarte Book Prize in Haiti and Dominican Studies.
Her current book project Translating Blackness: The Vaivén and Detours of Latino/a Colonialities in Global Perspective looks at how black Latin American migrants and their descendants grapple with various racial systems finding ways to translate racial meaning across national contexts while carving a space of belonging and representation within the nation (s) that often exclude them. The book historicizes Afrolatinidad as a productive category of contestation but one that is also restricted by colonial regimes that continue to operate in the nation.
In addition to her current book project, Dr.García Peña is engaged in a transnational interdisciplinary public humanities project with filmmaker Medhin Paolos. The project—which they call Mind the Gap—proposes a new way to examine history from the personal stories of immigrant subjects in context.
Dr. García Peña is the recipient of the Ford Foundations Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016), The Johns Hopkins University African Diaspora Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010), the Future of Minority Studies Fellowship (2010), and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2006). García-Peña received a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literatures from Rutgers University.
Misty De Berry is a Ph.D. candidate and performance artist in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Her works emerges at the intersection of performance studies, Black Feminist thought, Marxist theory, and art history. De Berry’s academic and artistic work are committed to studying the relationship between black women, durational performance, and everyday practices in late capitalism. This particular set of interests have found its way into her dissertation, In Due Time: Performance, Debt, and Habitual Violence. There, De Berry explores how routine modes of debt and indebtedness restrict black women’s behavior across the everyday sphere and their subsequent engagement with both aesthetic and everyday performance to dismantle such routines. Prior to her doctoral work, she trained as a classical actor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied movement, gesture, and early modern English theater. A former Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University, she has taught classes on Black feminist thought; black critical theory and performance; and feminist theater and social activism. Her original solo-play Milkweed, which looks at gender-based violence in the lives of black, queer women, was published in solo/black/woman: Scripts, Interviews, Essays, an anthology that received Honorable Mention for the Errol Hill Book Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. De Berry’s newest solo-play titled little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo-Play was recently published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies’ special issue on affect, and is listed as one of the most-cited by social media in the history of the journal. In addition to her research and performance work, Misty engages in building communities through her training in Transformative Justice methods and Usui Reiki healing modalities.