Cristina Beltrán

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Cristina Beltrán, Ph.D., works at the intersection of Latinx politics and political theory. She is an associate professor and director of graduate studies 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., and an advanced seminar member at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M., in 2019.

Her work has appeared in Political Theorythe Du Bois ReviewAztlán: A Journal of Chicano StudiesPolitical Research Quarterly, and various edited volumes. She is currently the co-editor of Theory & Event, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes work by scholars working at the intersections of political theory, cultural theory, political economy, aesthetics, philosophy, and the arts. She is also an occasional guest on MSNBC.

Her new book, Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy, is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press; it explores the American right’s deep antipathy toward nonwhite migrants from Mexico and Latin America and examines why many in the Republican Party experience acts of cruelty against migrants as a form of democratic pleasure. Other book projects include The Right Kind of Difference: Aesthetics, Affect, and the Ideological Uncertainty of Race, a collection of essays that explores a variety of topics including Latino conservatism, and what it means to work ethically at the intersection of race and political theory.