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 a variety of courses. These courses include Introduction to Gender, Race and Sexuality, Comparative Feminisms (Black Feminist Thought In the African Diaspora), The Gendered Body (Horror & The Grotesque) and Expository Writing. Their dissertation considers the impact of the circulations of feelings on normative conceptions of (in)humanity within gaming and outside of it.
In addition to their academic work, they’re also a poet and artist. As a writer, they’re 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 and published online on Raising Mothers. As an artist, they do illustrations and are available to hire for custom art.