Rocío Pichon-Rivière holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures from New York University and a Licenciatura (B.A.) in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires. Currently, she is an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California-Irvine, where she co-directs the Graphic Narratives Research Cluster. She has published essays in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, PMC: Postmodern Culture, Literature and Medicine, and Res Publica: Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas. Her soon-to-be-published book manuscript “The Skin of Politics: Trans-Feminist Notes on Difference” studies Latin American trans and cis women thinkers who wrote autobiographical essays as a medium to articulate political theory, health humanities, and lived experience. She writes about queer theory, comics, vernacular phenomenology, intersectional feminism, medical humanities, and restorative justice. Before her current role at the University of California-Irvine, she had taught at NYU, Pratt Institute and the University of California-Riverside where she was the Director of the Medical and Health Humanities Designated Emphasis for medical students.
In addition to her work as a scholar, author and professor, Rocío facilitates online and in-person workshops on creative writing and comics. She holds a Certificate in Social Emotional Arts from UCLArts & Healing and a Certificate in Creative Writing in Spanish form NYU.
In order to create a container in her classes to address difficult topics, she obtained a Certificate in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy from The Embody Lab, where she got to learn from some of the leading researchers and clinicians in trauma studies, including Nkem Ndefo, Peter Levine, Manuela Mischke-Reeds, Sherri Mitchell, Arielle Schwartz, and Stephen Porges.
Since an early age, she has participated in art workshops with several artists, photographers, and filmmakers: Miguel Zurraco, Darío Quintana, Javier Masseo, Martín Riwnyj, Diana Aisenberg, Carlos Ara Monti, David Cardona, Minerva Durham, Werner Herzog, and Alexandria Smith.
Rocío Pichon-Rivière is a scholar, artist, and educator. She is a philosopher by training and her scholarship proposes an archive and intellectual history of marginalized thinkers and the role of alternative media in the dissemination of transformative ideas. She writes about queer theory, comics, vernacular phenomenology, intersectional feminism, medical humanities, and restorative justice. She has taught at NYU, Pratt Institute and the University of California-Riverside and Irvine. She is an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese and founding co-director of the Graphic Narratives Research Cluster at UC Irvine, School of Humanities.