Wesleyan portrait of Laura  Grappo

Laura Grappo

Assistant Professor of American Studies

255 High Street, 211

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


BA Wesleyan University
MA Yale University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Laura Grappo


Laura Grappo is an Assistant Professor in the department of American Studies.  Her research and teaching focuses on Latinx culture and politics, queer theory, cultural theory, political justice, and anticolonial futures. 

Her first book, entitled Conjured Bodies: Queer Racialization in Contemporary Latinidad (University of Texas Press, in press, forthcoming July 2022), examines the ways in which the ambiguity surrounding the categorization of Latinidad – as a race, ethnicity, or combination thereof – produces a useable and transferable semiotics of difference that has critical implications for broader constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. It reveals how denigrating stories told about Latinidad are significant not only because of their use value for anti-immigration policy enforcement; racial hierarchization; and the general devaluation of Latinx peoples, communities, and cultures. As the sites examined in the book suggest, the concept of Latinidad has also served as a fungible entity for various political ends, often having very little to do with Latinidad itself. Professor Grappo's work can also be found in the journal Latino Studies.




Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2023 office hours are by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled via email (lgrappo@wesleyan.edu


Spring 2023
AMST 225 - 01
Latinidad: Latina/o Studies

AMST 305 - 01
On Monsters