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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Pedro DiPietro

DiPietro portrait

Assistant Professor

Women's and Gender Studies

Latino-Latin American Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

Native American and Indigenous Studies

313 Sims Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Decolonial Feminism; Feminist and Socio-Political Philosophy; Latina/Chicana Feminisms; Critical Theories of Race and Sexuality; Latin American and Latina/o Sexualities; Andean, Mesoamerican, and Afro-diasporic Cosmology and Spirituality.


WGS 101 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 240 - Topics in Contemporary Feminisms

WGS 301 - Feminist Theory

WGS 343 - Latina Feminist Theories

WGS 410 - Advanced Seminar in Feminist Thought: Decolonial Feminisms

WGS 438 - Trans Genders and Sexualities

WGS 740 - Feminist Theories of Knowing


Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities. Department of Ethnic Studies. University of California, Berkeley. 2012-2014.

Ph.D. in Philosophy (Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Program). Binghamton University, State University of New York. 2012.

M.A. in Philosophy (Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Program). Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Graduate Certificate in Gender, Society, and Politics. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) [Latin American Graduate School of the Social Sciences].

BA in Media Studies and Linguistics. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy.


Professor DiPietro’s main research project focuses on decolonial ways of thinking and producing difference. To study styles of being permeated by indigenous cosmologies (Aymara, Quechua, and Nahua), they look into the production of queer space by comparing networks of racialized travestis in the Andes to jotería networks in the San Francisco Bay area. Travesti and Jotería both point to the geopolitical tensions between West and non-West. Latina and Chicana spatial thinking enables the comparative study that DiPietro pursues. This project is two-fold. On the one hand, it examines geopolitical linkages between subaltern queerness from Latin American indigenous/mestizo backgrounds and vernacular spirituality among Latinas/os in the United States. On the other, it weaves regional epistemologies of gender/embodiment together with decolonial critiques of the human/non-human distinction and their ethico-political aftermath across comparative ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies.

DiPietro is the co-editor of Género, Sexualidades, y Regulaciones Culturales (2008) and is currently co-editing, with Jen McWeeny and Shireen Roshanravan, a volume on the work of Latina Philosopher María Lugones. They publish in leading journals within the field such as Gender, Place, and Culture and Transgender Studies Quarterly. They are working on a book manuscript under the title Sideways Selves: the Politics of Space and Passion.