Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD is a writer, scholar, teacher and curator interested in investigating the intersections between socially engaged art and site-specific performance; visual cultures of violence; urban planning and redevelopment schemes; and grassroots responses to political crises across multiple scales. 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 (with a minor in Art History) from Barnard College, Columbia University. At present, Thea is a faculty member in American & Ethnic Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; and the MA Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. From 2015-2016, she was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research has been published in journals including Critical Ethnic Studies and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.
As a practitioner, Thea has curated exhibitions for 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). 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 Alejandro T. Acierto 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.