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Karen Jaime

Assistant Professor

Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts



Karen Jaime (Ph.D., Performance Studies, NYU) is Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies. Karen is a former Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow and a Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book project The Queer Loisaida: Language and Performance at the Nuyorican Poets Café, uses hip-hop studies, alongside critical race, queer, literary, and performance theories in order to demonstrate the ways in which historically pejorative identity markers are recuperated and recodified as useful tools in the development of contemporary aesthetic practices. Her critical writing has been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, in the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, e-Misférica, and in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.  In addition to Karen’s critical writing and research, she is also an accomplished spoken word/performance artist. She served as the host/curator for the Friday Night Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Café, participated in the spoken word documentary Spit!, and was featured in the Emmy-award winning CUNY-TV program Nueva York, a show focusing on the different aspects of Latin@ culture in New York City. As a published poet, Karen’s work is included in The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians.”


  • American Studies Program
  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Latina/o Studies Program
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program
  • Performing and Media Arts

Graduate Fields

  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies
  • Theatre Arts