UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program

Jennifer Tyburczy

Associate Professor
Feminist and LGBTQ Studies

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LGBTQ Studies, queer theory, genders and sexualities, race and nation, performance studies, social justice, transnational American studies, popular culture, ethnography, cultural politics, political economy, visual art and culture, museum and archive studies


PhD Northwestern University (Performance Studies with graduate certificate in Gender Studies)

MA University of Texas, Austin (English)

BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (English, Journalism and Mass Communication with Spanish language minor)


Jennifer Tyburczy is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Queer Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the display of visual, popular, and material culture in museums and the global flow of sexual objects across mapped and symbolic borders, particularly throughout North America, Latin America, and Western Europe.


Queer and trans studies, intersectionality, critical race theory, performance studies, social justice, global and transnational studies, popular culture, ethnography, cultural politics, political economy, visual art and culture, museum and archive studies, affect, urban humanities, U.S.-Mexico relations

United States, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Latin America, Western Europe


Sex after NAFTA: Queer Flows and The Erotic Investment in Free Trade, manuscript in progress

2016. Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display, University of Chicago Press. Winner of the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBTQ Studies

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Essays:
Forthcoming. “Sex Trafficking Talk: Rosi Orozco and the Neoliberal Narrative of Empathy in Post-NAFTA Mexico,” Feminist Formations, 2020

Forthcoming. “La Gozadera: Lesbian Transfeminist Worldmaking in Mexico City,” Queer Nightlife anthology edited by Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón Rivera-Servera, 2020

Forthcoming. Estado de Emergencia, book of essays co-authored and co-edited with Lorena Wolffer (performance artist) and Prof. María Laura Rosa (University of Buenos Aires); based on the collaborative performance/installation project, Estado de Emgergencia (November 2018, Mexico City)

2016. “Sex Toys after NAFTA: Transnational Class Politics, Erotic Consumerism, and the Economy of Female Pleasure in Mexico City,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Volume 42, Number 1, 123-152, special issue on “Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century.”