Director of School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
232 Shatzel Hall
Latino/a Studies, Sexuality and Gender, Cultural Studies, and Race and Ethnicity.
“Sexualidades Latinas en Movimiento (Capítulo 12).” Sexualidades Latinas en Estados Unidos. Ed. Marysol Asencio. London: Frontpage Publications Limited, 2016. [Translation of “Latina/o Sexualities in Motion.”]
“Gay Cubans Challenge U.S. Immigration Policies.” Major Problems in Latina/o History. Eds. Omar Valerio-Jiménez and Carmen Teresa Whalen. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2015. 334-345. [Reprint of “‘Obvious’ Gays and the State Gaze”]
Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
"Gender and Sexuality in Latina/o Miami: Documenting Latina Transsexual Activists." Gender & History 22:3 (2010): 755-772, special issue on "Historicizing Sexuality and Gender" edited by Kevin Murphy and Jennifer Spear. Republished in Historicizing Gender and Sexuality (special issue book series). Ed. Kevin Murphy and Jennifer Spear. Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 229-246.
"Latina/o Sexualities in Motion." Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies. Ed. Marysol Asencio. New Brunswick, NJ: University Press, 2010. 188-206.
“‘Obvious’ Gays and the State Gaze: Cuban Gay Visibility and U.S. Immigration Policy during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift.” 2007. Journal of the History of Sexuality 16: 3.
“Visibility and Silence: Mariel and Cuban American Gay Male Experience and Representation.” Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings. Eithne Luibheid and Lionel Cantú, eds. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
“Mapping Sexual Cultures: Erotic Havana in Transnational Context,” LASA International Congress, Lima, Peru, April-May, 2017.
“Erotic Havana?: Contested Representations,” Cuban Research Institute Annual Conference, Florida International University, Miami, FL, February, 2017.
Plenary Panelist, part of “Deliberate Disenfranchisements” panel, Latina/o Studies Association Conference, Pasadena, CA, July 2016.
“Erotics, Erotica, and Transnational Desire: Cuban Women and the Desiring Gaze,” Latina/o Studies Association Conference, Pasadena, CA, July 2016.
Public Lecture, Part of New Queer Imaginaries Speaker Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, September 2015.
“Sex in the Archive: Historicizing Queer Latinidades,” Queer Latinidades: Toward a Politics of Possibility conference, Northwestern University, May 2015.
Discussion Facilitator, “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” capstone of Queer Migration: Homeland Insecurities, Violence and Belonging, A James J. Leos Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, October 2014.
“New Research on Latina/o Sexualities.” Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, & Future Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2014.
“La ciudadanía cultural y la política gay cubana en Miami (de 1970 al presente).” Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Chicago, IL, May 2014.
Co-Presenter (w/ Sarah Rainey) on "How WGST Learning Communities Merge Civic Engagement with Integrative Learning" panel. National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Oakland, CA, November 2012.
Co-organizer, Race Sex Power 2018 Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-7, 2018.
Co-organizer, Latino/a/x Issues Conference featuring the eSTRELLA Student Research Conference, Bowling Green State University, March 21, 2018.
Co-organizer, “Transcultural Convergences in the Caribbean” symposium (w/Drs. Valeria Grinberg Pla, Pedro Porbén, and Francisco Cabanillas), Bowling Green State University, February 22-24, 2018.
Conference Organizer, Ohio Latin Americanist Conference (OLAC), conference co-organizer, 2012; organizing committee member, 2011, Bowling Green State University.
Co-organizer, Sexualities in the Americas/Coloquio de Sexualidades Latinoamericanas, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus, March 2006.
Recent Awards and Recognitions:
Prof. Peña’s book, Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami, was awarded Honorable Mention for Outstanding Book in Latino Studies by the Latino Studies Section of Latin American Studies Association, named as finalist by Lambda Literary Awards in LBGT Studies category in 2014, and named as finalist for Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction by Publishing Triangle, 2014. She also received BGSU’s Women of Distinction Award in 2015, and the Outstanding Faculty Award at BGSU’s Latino Issues Conference in 2014.