Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar interested in how Indigenous and People of Color create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. She received her PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her manuscript, tentatively titled Midwest Mujeres: Chicana/Latina Art and Performance explores racialized and gendered geographies of urban Minnesota. Jessica is a member of Electric Machete Studios, a Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous art collective. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies where she will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2019.