Kency Cornejo, Instructional Staff, Grad Student

Kency Cornejo

Please note: Kency has left the "Art, Art History & Visual Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  112 East Duke Building
Email Address: send me a message


MAUniversity of Texas at Austin2007
BAUniversity of California, Los Angeles2005
Research Interests:

Current projects: Dissertation: “Visual Disobedience: The Geopolitics of Experimental Art in Central America, 1990-Present”

Kency Cornejo completed her doctoral degree in Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University with a focus on modern and contemporary Latin American Art and Visual Culture (July 2014). She received her B.A. in Art History from UCLA and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests, broadly, include: the intersection between race, gender and coloniality in Latin American, Latina/o and Chicana/o art; conceptualizations of violence and experimentation with memory and testimony in art; as well as artistic responses to immigration and immigrant rights in Central America and the United States; transnational gangs and visual culture; the coloniality of seeing; and decolonizing art and visualilty in the Americas. Kency conducted extensive research throughout Central America with the support of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA and designed and taught a course at Duke based on her research titled "Art, Visual Culture & Politics in Central America." Her co-advisors were Dr. Kristine Stiles and Dr. Esther Gabara. Kency is now Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Art of Latin America at the University of New Mexico.

Areas of Interest:

Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
Contemporary Central American Art
Latina/o & Chicana/o Art
Visual Studies & Theory
Postcolonial Theory, & Decolonial Thinking