Alison Reed is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation, “Traumatic Utopias: Staging Power and Justice in Black and Latin@ Queer Performance,” proposes a theoretical model of “traumatic utopias,” or performance spaces that use historical traumas as the raw material for generating powerful visions of utopia. Her research interests more broadly lie at the intersection of performance studies, queer theory, and critical race and ethnic studies. She currently serves as Graduate Fellow of the Antiracism Inc. program housed within the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center at UCSB. Her academic work has been published in Digital Creativity, Media-N, Women & Performance, Margaret Atwood Studies, and Jura Gentium Cinema. Her poetry has appeared in several journals including Skin to Skin, Cactus Heart, and So to Speak, and she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.