Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students

Student

Alan Pelaez Lopez


Aesthetics, Afro-Indigenous Poetics, Citizenship and Illegality, Racialized Surveillance, Settler-Colonialism


Bio & Research Interests

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a narrative scholar, visual artist, and poet in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  

In scholarship, Alan investigates the ways in which U.S. federal and constitutional law, as literary genres, authored the fugitive subject, the vanished Indian, and the illegal alien. Through analyzing cultural production by (un)documented Afro-Indigenous artists, their dissertation asks: what happens when the fugitive, the vanished, and the illegalized come together to write their own stories? What can authorship reveal about citizenship, surveillance, and the aesthetics of settler-colonialism? 

In their poetry and visual art, Alan attempts to make sense of displacement and diasporic belonging as an Afro-Indigenous immigrant from the Zapotec community of Oaxaca, México. Their first full-length collection, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien, is forthcoming from The Operating System Press (2020). They are currently working on their second book, Chambalé, which takes up curanderismo, forced migration, and the intimate relationship between dragonflies and an Indigenous family on the Pacific coast of México. 

Performances include Brown UniversityColumbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, NYU, MIT, Central Los Angeles Public Library, University of Vermont, Hampshire College, and more. 

 


Advisor

Juana María Rodríguez
Beth Piatote


Courses Taught or Assisted

Courses Taught:

Spring 2019University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1B: People of Color Thought.

Fall 2018University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1A: Contemporary Race, Gender and Migration.

Spring 2018University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1B: Unearthing Latinx and Caribbean Literature.

Fall 2017. University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1A: (Im)Migration, Blackness & Latinidad.

Summer 2017. University of California, Berkeley.  Native American Studies R1B: Indigenous (Un)Belonging. 

Courses Assisted: 

Summer 2016. Graduate Student Instructor. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain: ETH STD N180: Interculturality, International Migration and the Dialogue between Civilizations Before and After 9/11.

 


Select publications

POETRY PUBLICATIONS

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “sick in america.” Best American Experimental Writing. Wesleyan University Press (Forthcoming 2020). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “A Daily Prayer.” POETRY Magazine (Forthcoming, September 2019). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “Orange: an Elegy b/c I do not Remember the Funeral.” Puerto Del Sol (V. 54, Spring 2019). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “Examining the Only Existing Portrait of an { }.” Puerto Del Sol (V. 54, Spring 2019). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “Zapotec Crossers.” POETRY Magazine (October 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “Illegal Intimacy.” En Mi Piel. La Liga Zine (September 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “Entrada De Diario, 2014.” Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review (Summer 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "–Yil Shwe’, Shwe’ –Yil." Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Summer 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. ""Black Indian Crosses Border at 5-years-old  (Zapotec, Spanish and English translations).” Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Summer 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. “An Encounter with my Heart.” Origins Journal (Winter 2018). Online.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "NDN Travel." Pittsburgh Poetry Review (Winter 2018). Online.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Guide to Border-Crossing Self." Pittsburgh Poetry Review (Winter 2018). Online.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Discovering Blackness.’" Vinyl Poetry and Prose (Fall 2017). Online.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "3 Things I Regret Not Asking From Allies and My Community as an (Un)Documented and Queer Activist." The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail at Showing Up for Each Other in the Fight for Freedom. Ed. Mia McKenzie. Oakland: BGD, 2016. 64-69. Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Las Estages of Blackness." Bozalta: Arts, Activism, Scholarship. Afro Latinidad V. 2 (2016). UCLA, 06 July 2016. Online.