David Tenorio

Assistant Professor


1309H Cathedral of Learning


Dr. Tenorio's current research examines the representation of queer futurity as portrayed by contemporary artists, performers, writers, and filmmakers from Mexico, Cuba, and their diasporas in the United States. By employing participatory video, digital ethnography, performance studies, and literary analysis, Dr. Tenorio surveys the contradictory sites which allow queer artists to produce cultural texts within a normative structure, creating networks of dissidence that oppose a social binary of homo/heterosexuality. He argues that queer renditions of utopia propose alternative forms of establishing intimacy, fostering belonging and creating inclusive spaces for citizenship to those dictated by normative heterosexual teleologies of progress. Dr. Tenorio has been involved in various digital humanities projects (sexualidadescampesinas.ucdavis.edu; queerutopias.org), and has served as Managing Editor of UCD’s Interdisciplinary Journal on Latin American Studies, Brújula (brujula.ucdavis.edu). He has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Bejel-Gibbs Graduate Award, the Humanities Program Fellowship, the Humanities Arts & Cultural Studies Dean’s Fellowship, the UC-CUBA Travel and Research Grant, the Mellon Public Scholar Fellowship, the Professor of the Future Program Fellowship, the UC-MEXUS Research Grant, and the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection Conference Award. Currently, he serves as an Editorial Team Member for the Newsletter of the Caribbean Studies Association, and as Co-Chair of the LASA Sexualities Section.


  • PhD, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, University of California, Davis
  • MA, Spanish Language and Literature, Queen's University
  • BA, Hispanic Studies and Psychology, York University

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Forthcoming     "La pluma, el tacón y la tinta: travestismo en la literatura mexicana del siglo XXI". Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.

2019 "Broken Records: Materiality, Temporality, and Queer Belonging in Mexican Drag Cabaret Performance." TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. vol 9, iss 1.

2017 Co-author. “Ethics, Collaboration, and Knowledge Production: Digital Storytelling with Sexually Diverse Farmworkers in California.” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 6.1 Spring.

Book Chapters

2012  “Una ventana al vacío contemporáneo: fragmentos sobre los efectos del narcicismo en el personaje del cuento y el arte español del siglo XXI.” (A Look into Everyday Void: On Narcissism in Spanish Art and Short Stories of the Twenty-First Century.) Recent Developments in Spanish Literature and Art: Studies in Narrative Criticism. Editors. Esther Raventós-Pons and Alejandro Zamora. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

Encyclopedia Entries

2019 “Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) and Unidades Militares de Apoyo a la Producción (UMAPs).” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Macmillan.

2019 “Sexilio and Migration.” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Macmillan. 



Areas of Specialization

Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer & Affect Theory, Latin American Studies, Contemporary Cuban and Mexican Cultural Production, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Theater & Performance Studies, Community-Engaged Scholarship, Latin American and Caribbean Literature.