Tamara Lea Spira
Visiting Assistant Professor
- Transnational, De-Colonial and Critical Race Feminist Theories
- Queer and Sexuality Studies
- Comparative and Transnational Ethnic Studies
- Latin American, Latina/o and Hemispheric American Studies
- Critical Studies of Neoliberalism, Prisons and Empire
Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Spira, Tamara Lea. “Intimate Internationalisms: 1970s Queer of Color
Feminisms, “The Third World Women’s Book” and the Chilean Revolution”
(Solicited and Under Review), Special Issue on “Experience, Echo, Event:
Theorizing Feminist Histories” in Feminist Theory. Eds. Lisa Diedrich and Victoria Hesford.
- Spira, Tamara Lea. “Neoliberal Transitions: The Santiago General Cemetery and the Affective Economies of Counter-Revolution” (Under Contract), “Special Issue on Politics and Performance in Latin America” in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Eds Nancy Postero, Nicole Fabricant and Diana Taylor.
- Spira, Tamara Lea. Neoliberal Captivities: Pisagua Prison and the Low Intensity Form. (2011). Special Issue on “Genealogies of Neoliberalism” in Radical History Review. Eds. Mark Soderstrom, Jason Stahl and Heidi Tinsman (112): 127-146.
- Spira, Tamara Lea, Anna Agathangelou and Morgan Bassichis. Intimate Investments: Homonormativity, Global Lockdown, and the Seductions of Empire. (2008). Special Issue on “Queer Futures” in Radical History Review. Eds. Kevin Murphy, Jason Ruiz and David Serlin. (100): 120-144.
- Spira, Tamara Lea, “Reading Luz Arce in the Contemporary Empire: Race, Sexuality and Normative Neoliberal Subjectivity.” (Forthcoming). Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence. Ed. Michael J. Lazzara, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Spira, Tamara Lea, “Remembering Trauma, Refusing Disappearance: Corregidora, Bastard and the Transnational Labors of Memory.” (Forthcoming). Transnational Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. Eds. Stephanie Young and Adele Parker. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.
- Spira, Tamara Lea and Anna M. Agathangelou, “Sacrifice, Abandonment, and Interventions for Sustainable Feminism(s): The Non-Profit Organization Industry and Transbordered Substantive Democracy.” (2007). Sustainable Feminism(s). Ed. Sonita Sarker. Minnesota: Elsevier, 95-127.
- “The Prison Industrial Complex” (2006). Co-authors Vanessa Huang and Alice Do Valle. The International Journal of Feminist Politics. (8:1): 130- 144.
- “The Creation of the New Man; A Comparative Critique of Guantanamera and Fresa y Chocolate” (2000). The International Journal of Feminist Politics (10:2): 5-12.
Works in Progress
- Book Manuscript: Movements of Feeling: Affect, Neoliberalism and (Post)Revolutionary Memory in the Americas.
- Book Manuscript: Revolutionary Trauma and the Suspension of Mouring: Racializations of Empire from the "Cold War" to the "War on Terror".
- Article: "'On Black Power in Nicaragua': Subaltern Feminist Solidarities and the Nicaraguan and Chilean Revolutions" (archival work on June Jordan's unpublished interviews in revolutionary Nicaraguan and letters with her Chilean translator).
Professor Spira attained her BA in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College in 2000, where she received highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies. In 2009, she received her PhD in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Spira held the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s and Gender Studies at UC Davis from 2009-2012. From 2011-2012, she also served as a Senior Research Consultant at the Fund for Gender Equality at the United Nations. She is currently a Visiting Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.