Iris C. Viveros Avendaño was born and raised in Mexico. She is a Ph.D. student and a McNair Scholar whose academic interests emphasize the integration of third world feminist approaches to the analysis of colonial legacies and projects in present-day systems of violence. To this effect, she focuses on the role of social structures and state-mediated technologies of power and domination in perpetuating violence against Afroindigenous [descent] women. In addition, Iris’s scholarly work focuses on the connection between polyrhythmic collective music making and practices of resistance, recovery, and healing from trauma. Lastly, a central idea throughout her scholarly work is the exploration of the feminized body in fandango–In its collective and individual manifestation– as a decolonial space where knowledge is produced, reproduced, and transmitted.
A major source of Iris’s academic and personal inspiration comes from her involvement as a bailadora/percussive dancer in the Seattle Fandango Project, a community dedicated to forging relationships and social activism through participatory music, poetry, and dance.
- National Women's Studies Association, Annual Conference, 2019.
- "From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, Fue el Estado: Indigenous Epistemologies and Transnational Solidarity in Response to State Violence," Decolonial Feminist Praxis: Centering Knowledge and Resistance at the Margins. Eds. Annie I Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall for Democratizing Knowledge Project Fellows. 2021.
Summer 2020 Full-term
Summer 2018 Full-term
Summer 2017 Full-term
BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality
BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies
- Iris Viveros Avendano receives 2020-2021 GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship - August 31, 2020
- Iris Viveros Avendaño publishes chapter in new multi-authored book Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song and Dance - August 26, 2019
- Elizabeth Ramirez Arreola and Iris Viveros Avendaño - Machismo and Toxic Masculinity Event - April 17, 2019
- Women in Percussion featuring GWSS graduate student Iris Viveros Avendaño - February 21, 2019
- Roads to Reconciliation at Seattle Pacific University features performance by GWSS Grad Iris Viveros - November 16, 2018