Hi Everyone, I’m Octavio (Tavi) Gonzalez, and I’m running for the Sexuality Studies Executive Committee election. I am assistant professor at Wellesley College, and have been a member of MLA since I was a graduate student. Last year, I presented on a panel on “Rethinking AIDS in the Age of Archival Publics,” where I presented on the Archives of ACT UP/Boston. My scholarship is generally attuned to issues regarding sexuality in popular culture, including HIV/AIDS representation, subcultural sexuality studies, and communities of risk. My other major research focus is Transatlantic Modernism, including “Misfit Modernists” (the title of my Book MS), such as Nella Larsen, Jean Rhys, and Christopher Isherwood. I have work forthcoming or appearing in ARIEL: A Journal of International English Literature; MFS: Modern Fiction Studies; and Cultural Critique. Other essays, on American Gay Autobiography, on “Toward Stonewall” lesbian & gay literature, and on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (“PrEP”), are forthcoming in edited collections from Cambridge University and University of Regina Press.
My interest in serving on the Executive Committee of the TC Sexuality Studies forum is twofold. To advocate for the interests of LGBT scholars and scholarship to the broader membership, including the savvy use of social media to promote and disseminate important issues and interventions; and to continue the multidisciplinary work of sexuality studies in the 21st Century, by making work on HIV/AIDS, disability/debility studies, queer of color critique, and trans* studies more visible. As a member of the TC Sexuality Studies group, I have served on the Prizes committee for the Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in LGBT studies.
I hope you consider me for this important election. Thank you for your time and consideration!