Kirstie Dorr

Associate Professor


Dr. Kirstie Dorr is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and an affiliate of the Critical Gender Studies and Latin American Studies programs. Dr. Dorr received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching are anchored in the fields of critical race, gender and queer studies, sound and performance studies, and political geography. Her first book, On Site in Sound: Performance Geographies in América Latina (Duke UP, 2018) examines the hemispheric circulation of South American musics via informal cultural and economic networks to contemplate the dynamic relationship between sonic texts and spatial contexts. Presently, she is conducting research for a new monograph that contemplates the techno-political phenomenon of “sensory globalization”--the entanglement of fair trade discourse, lifestyle marketing, and consumptive pleasure in the global north that collude to reproduce colonial-capitalist geographies of production and exchange Southern Americas. Professor Dorr’s work has appeared in scholarly periodicals including Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Popular Music Studies.




On Site, in Sound: Performance Geographies in Latina/o America. Durham: Duke University Press (2018). 

Journal Articles

"Afroperuvian feminisms and performance geographies of diasporicity, 1953–2013." Journal of Popular Music Studies 29.4 (2017).

"New Feminist Approaches to the Study of Race and Sound." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 43: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2015): 169-74.

 “‘Putting a Stamp on Racism’: Making Geographic Sense of the Memín Pinguín Polemic.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 39:1 (Spring 2014): 13-40. (Nominated for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 2014 Article Prize.)

“The Andean Music Industry: Geographies of Performance in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 24:4 (December 2012); 486–508.

“Mapping ‘El Condor Pasa’: Sonic Migrations in the Global Era.” Journal for Latin American Cultural Studies 16:1 (March 2007): 11-25.

Book Chapters

"The 'Post-National' Racial State, Domestication, and Multiscalar Organizing in the New Millennium." In On the Conditions of Racial Reconciliation: Law, Justice, and Social Change, edited by Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat. New York: New York University Press, 2017.