Cristina Beltrán, Ph.D., works at the intersection of Latino politics and political theory. She is an associate professor
in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
at New York University
. From 2001 until 2011, she taught in the Political Science Department at Haverford College
; in 2013-14, she was a resident member at the Institute for Advanced Study
in Princeton, N.J.
Her current research project (provisionally titled The Right Kind of Difference: Latino Republicans and the Pleasures of Race) is a book-length exploration of how Latino conservative thought is shaped not only by ideology but through a potent combination of emotion, expression, and aesthetics. Other projects include Uncertain Identities: Aesthetics, Affect, and the Shifting Politics of Race, a collection of essays, and editing a volume tentatively entitled Political Theory/Latino Politics: Appropriation and Innovation. Her work has appeared in Political Theory, the Du Bois Review, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and various edited volumes.
Cristina and her husband, editor and writer Matthew Budman, live in New York City.