Dr. Laura G. Gutierrez is a performance and visual culture studies scholar. Her primary research and teaching areas of interest are Latin American, Mexican and Latina/o embodied practices, gender and sexuality, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. She holds affiliate appointments in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. Gutierrez is the author of Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas y Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (U Texas P, 2010), which won The Ninth Annual MLA Prize in United States latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. She has also published essays and book chapters in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Culture Studies, Transformations, Spectator, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Latin American literary Review, Feminist Media Studies, Global Mexican Cultural Productions and Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture & Chicana/o Sexualities. Gutierrez's current research includes two book-length projects, a book on the primary figures of rumbera cinema, tentatively entitled Rumberas in Motion (Pictures): Transnational Movements in the Archive of Mexican 'Classic' Cinema, and a yet to be titled book, a history of political cabaret culture in Mexico City.
Gutierrez is on the Board of Advisors of the Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and on the Editorial Board of Feminist Formations.