Joshua Javier Guzmán

Joshua Guzmán

Joshua Javier Guzmán

Core Faculty

Assistant Professor

Gender Studies

Office: 1314 Rolfe Hall


Research Interests:

performance studies, Latina/o cultural studies, sexual cultures, feminist and queer theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis

*on leave (academic year 2020-2021)


Joshua Javier Guzmán is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and is a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from UC Berkeley’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. He co-edited a special issue of Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory entitled “Lingering in Latinidad: Aesthetics, Theory and Performance in Latina/o Studies.” Joshua is currently working on a book-length project tentatively titled Suspended Satisfactions: Queer Latinidad and the Politics of Style, which examines Latina/o stylized dissatisfactions with not only the US nation-state but also the activism responding to systemic state violence within a very contentious post-1968 Los Angeles.


Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University, 2015
M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, 2011
B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2010

Selected Publications

“Beside Oneself: Queer Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetics of Latinidad” in Psychoanalysis in the Barrios (Routledge Press), co-edited by Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian (2018)

Latino, the word.” English Language Notes v.56.2 (2018)

“Brown,” Keywords for Latina/o Studies (NYU Press), co-edited by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Nancy Mirabal, Deborah Vargas: (November 2017).

Co-editor, Special Issue: “Lingering in Latinidad: Theory, Aesthetics, and Performance in Latina/o Studies.” peer-reviewed; Women and Performance V.25.3 (winter 2015).

“Notes on the Comedown,” Social Text v.32.4 (2014)


Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellowship/Mellon Foundation, (2020-2021)

UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, (2019-2020)