Xuxa Rodríguez is a 2018-2019 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art and doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in 20th and 21st century Latinx and Latin American Art with focuses in Afrodiasporic art and theory of the Caribbean, performance art, social practice, and feminist and queer theory. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, and the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

An alumnus of the Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar and the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program, her curatorial practice occupies the intersections of the affective, collaborative, immersive, and sensorial to facilitate projects that center artist’s voices, dance, installation, music, participation, performance, and readings.