PhD: Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016.
Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar interested in how People of Color create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. Jessica received her PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her manuscript, tentatively titled Midwest Mujeres: Chicana/Latina Art and Performance explores racialized and gendered geographies of urban Minnesota. Jessica is a 2017 Naked Stages Fellow at the Pillsbury House Theatre where she is creating a multi-media performance piece, 141 Mednik Avenue, about her grandfather, an L.A. barber, and the relationship between displacement and longing. She is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies where she will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2019.