Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD is a writer, scholar, teacher and curator whose research broadly investigates socially engaged art and site-specific performance; visual cultures of violence; urban planning and the environment; and grassroots responses to political crises and ecological collapse in the expanded Pacific Rim. She is at work on her first book, prospectively titled Salvaging Community: Socially Engaged Art, Urban Renewal, and the Remaking of San Francisco.
Thea received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and she holds a bachelors degree in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. At present, Thea is a faculty member in American & Ethnic Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Interdisciplinary Arts; and the MA Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. Her research has been published in academic journals including Critical Ethnic Studies, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.
As a practitioner, Thea has curated visual art exhibitions and performances for Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery, The Alice (Seattle), and Feast Arts Center (Tacoma, WA), and has organized public programs for venues including the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego). She was a member of the curatorial collective at The Alice from 2018 through its closing in May 2019. Her arts criticism and essays have been published online in Hyperallergic, Art Practical, and at The Center for Art + Thought, and she has written catalog and exhibition texts for artists including Alejandro T. Acierto, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Jovencio de la Paz, and Minoosh Zomorodinia. In 2013-2014, Thea was a scholar-in-residence with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ In Community Program, working with artist Eliza O. Barrios and Filipino American youth, elder, and anti-eviction groups to produce collaborative, ephemeral, and public artworks in San Francisco’s South of Market.