B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 2009
M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2011
Jennifer Doyle (Chair), Tiffany Lopez, and Erica Edwards
Race, gender, sexuality, and the material body in visual art and media, Chicana Feminist discourse, and U.S. Ethnic literature and cultural production.
Tracy’s research focuses on the material body in feminist and queer visual art, examining how the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality informs art and the artist’s intervention. Her current research is geared toward her dissertation, which is titled “Revealing Re-Visions: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Visual Discourses of Erotic Possibility.” In this project, Tracy examines the work of feminist artists that explore identity, sexuality, spirituality, and the female body in photography and photograph-based digital art. Her research outside of her dissertation project delves into Chicana feminist literature and creative productions as well as research on sexuality and popular culture.
Tracy was recently granted the Graduate Research Mentoring Program fellowship award, which funds her research on the history of Chicana photography and photograph-based digital media. She will spend two quarters researching at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Resource Center as well as several institutional archives in and out of California.
Most Recent Conference Presentations:
“Saying It Loud: Reading Chicana Art as Discourse.” National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. San Antonio, Texas. March 20-23, 2013.
“Look At Me: The Black Woman’s Body in the Art of Renée Cox.” College Art Association. New York, New York. February 16, 2013.
“Flesh of My Flesh: The Incorporation of Sacredness and Naturalness in Chicana Art.”
International Conference of Contemporary Women’s Writing Association. National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Individual Paper, panel moderated by Maria Herrera-Sobek. July 2012.
“The Virgin of Guadalupe in Flesh: (Re)articulations of Communion in Delilah Montoya’s Creative Expressions.” Sanctity and Society: Devotions to Holy Figures in Multi-Cultural Contexts” UC Santa Barbara. Individual Paper. April 20, 2012.