Erika Gisela Abad

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies
Expertise: Puerto Rico and Latinos in the United States, LGBT community and social movements, Queer fandom, Diversity in literature, Latino and gender representation in the media, Television and fan communities online , Social media use and natural disasters


Erika Gisela Abad joined UNLV's Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department in Fall 2016. While her primary training has been in Queer and Latinx Studies, working in customer service, Latino youth advocacy, and food justice has added to her initial insights on Queer Latinx individuals' representation in community building and social movements.

Since 2017, Abad has presented at ClexaCon — an annual media and entertainment convention for the female LGBTQ community and its allies — and will organize its first academic lab in 2019. Extending her interest in queer women’s representation, her guest-edited issue of Sinister Wisdom is set to be published in late 2019.

Before working in Las Vegas, she was a Chicago-based oral historian and ethnographer for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Her expertise has been published in Sounding Out, Latinx Talk, Women in Higher Education Newsletter. Abad is also a well-published essayist, poet, and fiction writer whose creative works have been published in Sinister Wisdom and Crab Fat Magazine, among other venues


  • B.A., Latin American and Latina/o Studies, DePaul University
  • Ph.D., American Studies, Washington State University

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Erika Gisela Abad In The News

October 6, 2021
You may have heard the word before or looked at it on a document and thought it was a grammatical error. But the X at the end of Latin has a deeper meaning.
April 6, 2021
On this episode Dr. Erika Abad interviews artists Lance L. Smith and Brent Holmes about their exhibitions currently on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.
February 25, 2021
Latinx is an alternative description for a Latino or Hispanic person but is the term catching on? The gender neutral word is meant to be more inclusive.
September 9, 2020
I ask my girlfriend how to write about what we’ve experienced on top of quarantine. She tells me that she doesn’t want to know, doesn’t want to be judged about the risks we took to receive comfort. She recognizes it’s important. It’s important to talk about how, amid quarantine and civil unrest, Black families have additional forms of grief exacerbated by quarantine and the civil unrest.

Articles Featuring Erika Gisela Abad

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.
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Arts and Culture | October 3, 2018
UNLV professor Erika Abad on the history of LGBTQ people in comics, television, film, and other media, and why TV's latest superhero is just what we need.
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Research | August 11, 2017
McNair/AANAPISI programs for low-income, first-generation students matches undergrads with faculty mentors that share their focus and goals.