Michelle Martin-BaronAssociate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectional Justice

Joined faculty in 2012

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2011 
M.A. in Performance Studies University of California, Berkeley, 2007 
B.A. in Theater Arts and English, Brandeis University, 2005

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At the intersections of women's studies, queer/LGBT studies, ethnic studies, and comparative American studies, my research interrogates the articulation of national belonging through visual cultural production and performance.  One strand of my work investigates funeral and memorial practices, examining how such practices both articulate and reject community formations.  I'm also interested in the performance of memory in relationship to activism.  

Courses Taught

WMST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies

WMST 150 - Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture: Borderland Arts and Social Justice

WMST 213 - Transnational Feminism and Performance

WMST 218 - Queer Representation in Theater and Film

WMST 219 - Black Feminism

WMST 308 - Chicana and Latina Art: Altars, Ofrendas and Radical Acts

WMST 401 - Senior Capstone Seminar

FSEM 193 - Ghosts and Hauntings in the Americas



Michelle R. Martin-Baron, “‘The Heartbeats of the Past with the Pulse of the Present’: Elegiac Activism and Reinterment at New York’s African Burial Ground” Callaloo. Forthcoming

Michelle R. Martin-Baron, “Art, Activism, and Immigration: Chicana Visual Artists Before and Beyond DACA” Chicana/Latina Studies 18(2) Spring 2019.

Michelle R. Martin-Baron, “Mythical Enjambment: Cherrie Moraga’s Utopic Turn” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. 28(3) Fall 2018.

Michelle Martin-Baron, “Reframing Marriage Equality as Death Equality” Quarterly Horse.  1(1) Fall 2016.

Michelle R. Martin-Baron, "(Hyper/in)visibility and the Military Corps(e)" Queer Necropolitics. Eds. Adi Kuntsman, Jin Haritaworn, and Sylvia Posocco. Routledge Press, 2014.

Special Issues:

“Performance in the Feminist Classroom,” special issue of Feminist Teacher, Vol 28 (1&2) co-edited with Elizabeth Currans and Holly Masturzo, Forthcoming.


American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)

American Studies Association (ASA)

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

Performance Studies international (PSi)