Verónica Dávila Ellis (they/elle) specializes in Latinx and Caribbean popular music, with a focus on gender performance, queer theory and sound studies. Their dissertation, “Uttering Sonic Dominicanidad: Women and Queer Performers of Música Urbana,” analyzes how reggaetón, dembow and trap artists negotiate with the hegemonic scripts of identity, race and gender through sound and bodily performance. As a public scholar, they have published articles in The Washington Post and NACLA, in the Puerto Rican cultural journal 80grados, have been interviewed for NPR’s “Here and Now” and “Code Switch,” and collaborated with local Dominican music publications. They co-host the transfeminist pop culture podcast The Plátano Diaries.
Verónica Dávila Ellis
Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies