Andrea Bolivar

Andrea Bolivar headshot
Job Title: 
SOAR Education Director; Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Faculty Associate of Latina/o Studies Program
Email Address: 
abolivar@umich.edu
Job Title: 
SOAR Education Director; Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Faculty Associate of Latina/o Studies Program
Email Address: 
abolivar@umich.edu

Dr. Andrea Bolivar is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Transgender Studies, Latinx studies, and Feminist Studies. Her book manuscript, “We Are a Fantasy:” Trans Latina Ways of Knowing, Being, and Loving, ethnographically examines the experiences of sex working transgender Latinas in the Chicago metropolitan area. It centers sex working trans Latinas’ epistemologies and ontologies, especially concerning five interrelated themes: fantasía, life/death, the body, immigration, and race--particularly Blackness and anti-Blackness. Further, We Are a Fantasy demonstrates how sex working trans Latina ways of being and knowing not only defy racist-cisgenderism more broadly, but also offer potentialities beyond transnormativity and normative Latinidad. Dr. Bolivar’s work is forthcoming in journals such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies and Feminist Anthropology, and edited volumes on queer nightlife and Latinx ethnography. Dr. Bolivar received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, and held an LSA Collegiate Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Latin@/x Anthropologists, and is committed to supporting diversity in academia. Dr. Bolivar welcomes inquiries from students.

Dr. Bolivar teaches the first year SOAR seminar course, WGS 257: Behavioral and Social Science Research in HIV: Methods and Perspectives for Sexual and Gender Minority Communities.