Wesleyan portrait of Laura  Grappo

Laura Grappo

Assistant Professor of American Studies

255 High Street, 211

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1 Vine Street,


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 2022 office hours are Mondays 11:30AM-12:30PM and Tuesdays 1:00PM-2:00PM, or by appointment.


Fall 2022
AMST 179 - 01
Intro to American Studies

AMST 228 - 01
Cancelled, Blocked, Banned