Macarena Gomez Barris

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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 Gómez-Barris is a scholar and writer who works at the intersections of art, environment, feminist-cuir politics, and decolonial theory and praxis. She is the author of four books, Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (2009), The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (2017), Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Américas (2018), and Towards a Sociology of a Trace (2010, with Herman Gray). She is completing a new book on what she terms the colonial Anthropocene, At the Sea’s Edge: Liquidity Beyond Colonial Extinction (Forthcoming Duke University Press 2022). She is Founding Director of the Global South Center ( and Chairperson of Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Macarena received the Social Science Distinguished Alumnae Award from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2021-2022), Pratt Faculty Recognition Research Award (2021-2022), Fulbright Research Award, Best Faculty of Color University of Southern California, Raubbenheimer Award University of Southern California, and has been a teaching fellow at New York University and San Francisco State University. She has published in Social Text, GLQ, and numerous other journals and art catalogs, and is co-editor with Diana Taylor of Duke University Press Series, Dissident Acts.