Al Valentín a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in Women’s and Gender Studies/Writing at Rutgers University. Their interdisciplinary work puts game studies into conversation with affect theory, black feminist theory, queer of color critique, feminist science and technology studies and critical disability studies.
They have developed workshops for undergraduate students, given talks at conferences around the country and taught Introduction to Gender, Race and Sexuality, Comparative Feminisms (Black Feminist Thought In the African Diaspora), The Gendered Body (Horror & Gender) and Expository Writing. They are currently developing two new courses on feminist game studies and abolition respectively. Their dissertation considers the impact of the circulations of feelings on normative conceptions of humanity within gaming.
In addition to their academic work, they’re also a poet and a member of Streaks of Lavender, a poetry collective for queer artist activists. Their work has also been feature at the New York Public Library’s branches for their #pocketpoem initiative.