Iris Viveros Avendaño (she her hers)

GWSS Alumni
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B.A. Social Sciences/Gender Culture and Ethnicity, minor in Gender Women and Sexualities, University of Washington, 2013
Social Anthropology, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico 2004
Escuelita Zapatista

Iris C. Viveros Avendaño, PhD.  was born and raised in Mexico. Her academic interests emphasize the integration of third-world feminist approaches to analyzing colonial legacies in present-day systems of violence. She focuses on the role of state-mediated technologies of power in perpetuating violence against Afroindigenous [descent] women and communities at large. In addition, Iris’ scholarly work focuses on the connection between polyrhythmic collective music-making as a decolonial temporality and a practice of resistance, recovery, and healing from trauma. A central focus in her scholarly work is the analysis of the feminized body in fandango–In its collective and individual manifestation– as a decolonial space where knowledge is produced, negotiated, and transmitted.  
A significant 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 the participatory music, poetry, and dance of the state of Veracruz, where she grew up. 


Courses Taught

Autumn 2024

Summer 2021

Additional Courses

BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality 

BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies

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Professional Affiliations
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Democratizing Knowledge Institute Fellow

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