Macarena Gomez Barris

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Chairperson of Social Science & Cultural Studies Social Science & Cultural Studies 718.399.4427 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 216

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21/SU-SUST-310-01 Global Environmental History

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B.A., University of California, San Diego; M.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz.


Macarena Gomez-Barris is a cultural critic, author and Chairperson of Social Science and Cultural Studies. She is founder and Director of the Global South Center, a hub for critical inquiry, aesthetic praxis, and experimental forms of social living. Macarena works on cultural memory, race, queer and decolonial theory, and rethinking the anthropocene. She is author of the recently published The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, a book that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also author of Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018), Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009), and co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Macarena is author of numerous essays in art catalogues, including work on Laura Aguilar, Julie Mehretu, Cecilia Vicuna, and Carolina Caycedo, as well as essays in numerous peer reviewed journals. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow in 2014-2015 at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito. She is co-editor with Diana Taylor of Dissenting Acts, a Duke University Press series.