Joshua K. Reason (they/them) is a Black genderqueer scholar-artist from the Bay Area who combines performance ethnography, geography, and oral history to detail the material and affective registers of queer and trans life. Their dissertation project, tentatively titled Black : Indigenous Ecologies of Haunting, Memory, and Desire, is a multimodal ethnography of LGBTQIA+ artists in Northern-Northeastern Brazil. Their work has been published in The Journal of American Culture, The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, and becoming undisciplined: a zine.
Joshua is currently a PhD candidate and William Fontaine Fellow in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. They also received their Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (with a portfolio in LGBTQ Studies) from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as their Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies (with a certificate of advanced study in Spanish) from Carleton College. Their work has been generously supported by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship.
Portrait by Kayla Henry-Griffin (2016)