Faculty Profile for Dr. Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins

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Dr. Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins
Assistant Professor — Dept of World Languages & Literatures
CENT 214
phone: (512) 245-2360

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins received her B.A. in Spanish and Art History and M.A. in Spanish from The University of Alabama. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from the University of Miami.

Teaching Interests

20th and 21st Century Hispanic Caribbean Narrative, Theatre, and Performance
21st Century Latin American Literature
Latinx Literature

Research Interests

Dr. Perkins’s research interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American narrative, theatre, and performance. Her research methodology engages queer theory, performance studies, theories of space, and phenomenology. Her current research project investigates how Latin American performers combine virtual technologies, the body, and the space of international theatre and performance festivals to create new ways of expressing, challenging, and reshaping the connections between gender and nationality throughout Latin America. She is the author of Representing Queer and Transgender Identity: Fluid Bodies in the Hispanic Caribbean and Beyond, published with Bucknell University Press in 2017. This monograph analyzes how transgender and queer people use the representational strategies available in narrative, theatre, graphic novels, and performance in order to redefine national belonging. She has published articles on issues of queer identity, performance, and Latin American narrative in the journals Chasqui, Romance Studies, Decimonónica, and Letras Femeninas.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Perkins, A. G. (2019). Transtemporality in Twenty-First Century Queer Representation. Wasafiri (Vol. 98, pp. 85–89).
  • Perkins, A. G. (2017). We are family: Translocations of Queer Kinship in Mayra Santos Febres’s Sirena Selena vestida de pena. Chasqui, 46(1), 70–83.
  • Perkins, A. G. (2017). Representing Queer and Transgender Identity: Fluid Bodies in the Hispanic Caribbean and Beyond. Bucknell University Press.
  • Perkins, A. G. (2016). Queer Affect and Transnational Movement in Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro’s Caparazones. Romance Studies, 34(2), 89--100.
  • Perkins, A. G. (2014). Un pacto tácito: Escritura y poder en Autobiografía del esclavo poeta de Juan Francisco Manzano. Decimonónica, 11(2), 52--69.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Excellence Award, Texas State University College of Liberal Arts. August 10, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor, Alumni Association of Texas State University. May 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Southern Utah University Influencer Award, Southern Utah University. 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Southern Utah University Professor of the Year, Southern Utah University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Graduate Student Exemplar, University of Miami Graduate School Awards, University of Miami. 2014

Selected Grants

  • Perkins, Alexandra Gonzenbach (Co-Principal), Portaro, Iliana (Co-Principal). Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association, Federal, $3000. (Submitted: 2015, Funded: 2015). Grant.
  • Perkins, Alexandra Gonzenbach. LASA Non-Tenure Track Faculty Grant, Latin American Studies Association, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $1000. (Submitted: 2017, Funded: 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Cinema and Media Studies
March 2021-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Latin American Research Review
July 2020-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures
Panel for Exit Interviews for Graduating Seniors Majoring in Spanish
April 30, 2021
World Languages and Literatures Outstanding Undergraduate Award Committee
March 5, 2021