Jennifer Tyburczy


Jennifer Tyburczy is the postdoctoral fellow at Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Performance Studies and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her research interests include feminist and queer performance, comparative transnational studies of museums and display cultures, curatorial practices, burlesque and vaudeville aesthetics, art-making as activism, neoliberalism/American culture, sexual economies and the late capitalist sexual labor market, critical race studies, cultural constructions of identity in the public sphere, affect studies, queer theory, and the politics of representation in the arts and popular culture. One of her key interests is in using performance as a mode and method for communicating across academic disciplines and combining theory and practice into her research and pedagogy.

Jennifer teaches classes such as Gender and Performance, Sexuality and Visual Culture, Exhibiting Sexualities, Women in the Arts, Performance and Popular Culture, and introductory courses in performance studies, women, gender, and sexuality studies, and the adaptation of literature to performance.

In addition to being a scholar and a teacher, Jennifer is also a performance artist. Her artistic work is primarily inspired by second and third wave feminist art, queer aesthetic genres such as camp and drag, and burlesque and vaudeville traditions. She has also worked as a museum curator and a programming director at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago where she created exhibits and produced events that explored the intersection of race, gender, and alternative sexuality. She also helped develop the ever-growing Women’s Leather History Project.