Jessica Lopez Lyman

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Chicano and Latino Studies
19 Scott Hall

72 Pleasant Street SE

Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar interested in how Indigenous and People of Color create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. She received her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jessica has published poetry and scholarship in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, Label Me Latina/o, and Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques. Her manuscript Midwest Mujeres: Chicana/Latina Art and Performance explores racialized and gendered geographies of urban Minnesota. Jessica’s second project focuses on arts engagement. She built La Luchadora, a mobile screen printing cart, and prints political posters with communities across the state. She currently serves on the Academia Cesar Chavez Board of Directors. Jessica is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016.


  • Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x performance, art, and organizing in the Midwest
Research & Professional Activities


  • Naked Stages Fellow Pillsbury House Theatre: June 2017 - January 2018