UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170
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 contemporary performance spaces that use institutional traumas as the raw material for creatively inhabiting utopian visions. Her research interests more broadly lie at the intersection of performance studies, queer theory, and critical race and ethnic studies. Her academic work has been published in Digital Creativity, Media-N, Women & Performance, Margaret Atwood Studies, and Jura Gentium Cinema. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals including Ocho, Matter, Skin to Skin, Cactus Heart, and So to Speak, and she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.