Ramón Rivera-Servera

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera's research focuses on contemporary performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender, and sexuality are negotiated in the process of (im)migration. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, fashion, and speech.

His teaching ranges from seminar courses on Latina/o and queer performance, sound and movement studies, and visual cultural studies to workshop courses on social art practices, the performances of non-fiction, ethnographic research methods, and performance art.

He is author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012), a study of the role performance played in the development of Latina/o queer publics in the United States from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. The book received the 2013 Lambda Book Award in the LGBT Studies, the 2013 Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance, and a Special Citation for the 2012 de la Torre Bueno Book Prize in Dance Studies from the Society of Dance History Scholars.

He is currently conducting research for two book projects: Exhibiting Performance: Race, Museum Cultures, and the Live Event, which looks at the ways race has been collected and exhibited in North America and the Caribbean since the mid-1990s and Choreographing the Latina/o Post-Modern: Puerto Rican Moves in the New York Dance Avant-Garde, a cultural history of Puerto Rican participation in the New York City experimental dance scene since the 1980s.


PhD Theater, University of Texas-Austin (emphasis in performance as public practice). Graduate Portfolio in Mexican-American Studies
MA Theatre Studies, City University of New York
BA Art History, University of Rochester (focus on contemporary visual cultural studies)

Recent Publications

Johnson, E. Patrick and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, editors, solo/black/woman: scripts, essays, and interviews (Northwestern University Press, 2013).

Henry Godinez and Rivera-Severa, Ramón H., editors, Festival Latino: Six Plays from the Goodman Theatre Festival (Northwestern University Press, 2013).

“Moving from Realism to Hip-Hop Real: Choreographing Transnational Aesthetics in Canadian Latina/a Performance,” in Natalie Alvarez, ed. Latina/o Canadian Theatre: A Critical Reader (Playwrights Canada Press, 2013).

Rivera-Servera, Ramón H. and Harvey Young, editors, Performance in the Borderlands (Pallgrave-Macmillan, Performance Interventions Series, 2011).

Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012), an exploration of the relationships between performance and politics among Latina/o queer communities in the U.S.

  • 2013 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association.
  • 2013 Best Book Award, LGBT Studies, Lambda Literary Foundation.
  • 2013 Outstanding Publication Award, Congress on Research in Dance
  • 2012 Special Citation, de la Torre Bueno Book Prize in Dance Studies, Society of Dance History Scholars.

"Dancing Reggaetón in Cowboy Boots," in Transnational Encounters: Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border, ed. Alejandro Madrid (Oxford University Press, 2011): 373-392.

"Exhibiting Voice/Narrating Migration: Performance-based Curatorial Practice in Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," Text and Performance Quarterly 29.2 (2009): 131-148.

Other writings and reviews on Latina/o performance have appeared in journals such as emisférica, Modern Drama, Ollantay Theatre Magazine, Theatre Journal, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Theatre Research International, The New West Indian Guide, Trans: Transnational Music Review, and The Smithsonian Institution Latina/o Virtual Gallery.

Service and Associations

  • Board of Directors, Society of Dance History Scholars
  • Editorial Board, Society of Dance History Scholars
  • Executive Committee of the Division of Gay Studies in Language and Literature, Modern Languages Association
  • Programming Committee, Modern Languages
  • Advisory Board, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics
  • Editorial Board, Theatre Topics


PERF_ST 315-0 Performance of Non-Fiction
PERF_ST 330-0 Topics: Queer Sexualities and Popular Culture
PERF_ST 330-0 Topics: Sounding America
PERF_ST 335-0 Social Art Tactics
PERF_ST 515-0 Seminar: Queer Globalizations
PERF_ST 515-0 Seminar: Performance in the Borderlands
PERF_ST 515-0 Seminar: Performing Race
PERF_ST 515-0 Seminar: Queer Nightlife
PERF_ST 515-0 Seminar: Performance Sensorium


Ramón Rivera-Servera

Department Chair; Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies


Performance Studies


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