Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor

Jose Luis Reynoso was the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Northwestern University (2012-2014). He completed his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance with a specialization in Dance Studies (2012) and a M.F.A in Choreography (2006) at UCLA. He also holds a M.A. (2003) and a B.A. (2000) in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles.

Dr. Reynoso writes and teaches about the history, theory, and practice of dance and other forms of cultural production primarily in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries in Latin America. His research interests focus on the roles that corporeality in general and dance in particular play in the production of knowledge, decolonial theory and strategies, as well as ideological aspects involved in the formation of artistic practices, discourses, and subjectivities. Attending to intersectional analyses of race, class, gender, and sexuality, Dr. Reynoso’s work investigates political and power dynamics implicit in the formulation of discursive categories such as “traditional,” “ethnic,” “cultural,” “modern,” “postmodern,” and “contemporary” in relation to diverse dance practices. His book project analyzes how concert dance forms such as ballet and modern dance combined with folkloric and indigenous dance practices to produce distinctive embodied mestizo modernisms as part of processes of nation formation before and after the onset of the armed phase of the Mexican Revolution in 1910.

Dr. Reynoso’s scholarly, choreographic, and performance works have been presented nationally and internationally at academic conferences and at venues as diverse as senior citizen centers, bars, art galleries, outdoor locales, and the proscenium stage. As a performer and choreographer, Dr. Reynoso has also collaborated with dance and performance artists such as Hae Kyung Lee and Dancers, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and David Roussève, among many other interdisciplinary artists.


“Towards a Critical Globalized Humanities: Dance Research in Mexico City at the CENIDID.” In Futures of Dance Studies, edited by Susan Manning, Janice Ross, and Rebecca Schneider. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press 2020, 523–540.

“Democracy’s Body, Neoliberalism’s Body: The Ambivalent Search for Egalitarianism within the Contemporary Post/modern Dance Tradition”, Dance Research Journal, Special Issue, “Work With(Out) Boundaries: Precarity and Dance”. Guest editors: Katharina Pewny, Annelies Van Assche, Simon Leenknegt, and Rebekah J. Kowal. 51/1 April 2019, pp. 47-65.

“La Coreografía como Metodología Teórica para el Análisis Crítico de la Corporeidad y la Subjetividad.” InterDanza, Carmen Bojórquez ed. Coordinación Nacional de Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes: Ciudad de Mexico. Año 5, Num. 45, Agosto, 2017, pp. 86-91.

“Nellie Campobello, Gloria Campobello,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Eds. Stephen Ross and Allana C. Lindgren. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, January 10, 2016.

“Racialized Dance Modernisms in Luso-Phone and Spanish-Speaking Latin America,” The Modernist World.  Eds. Stephen Ross and Allana C. Lindgren, Routledge P: London; New York, 2015: 392-400.

“Choreographing Modern Mexico: Anna Pavlova in Mexico City (1919).” Editor Carrie J. Preston, Modernist Cultures 9.1. Edinburgh University Press, May 2014, pp. 80-98.

CONFERENCES (most recent)

Presenter, “Constructing Queer Subjectivity through Social Dance in the Mexican Public Sphere.” Dance Studies Association conference, “Contra: Dance and Conflict.”  University of Malta, Valletta, Malta, July, 2018.

Presenter-Discussant, (Roundtable discussion) “Transmitting Dance Studies: Latin American Concert Dance Research in Hemispheric Perspective”. Co-discussants, Victoria Fortuna, Eugenia Cadús, Ana Paula Höfling, Andrea Margarita Tortajada Quiroz. Dance Studies Association (previously CORD-SDHS) Inaugural Conference, “Transmission and Traces: Rendering Dance.” Columbus, Ohio, October, 2017.

Presenter-Performer, “La Coreografía como Metodología Teórica para el Análisis Crítico de la Corporeidad y la Subjetividad” (two-hour version). Como parte del 20 Festival  Internacional de Danza Cotemporánea Onésimo González (invited, Coordinación de Danza (director: Sandra Soto) de la Secretaría de Cultura del estado de Jalisco). Edificio Arróniz, Centro de Creación Cotemporánea “El Cuartel”. Guadalajara, Mexico, October, 2017.

Presenter, “La construcción del sujeto de género fluido al momento de bailar salsa-cumbia en el espacio público.” Moderator, Carlos Guevara Meza. Co-panelists, Luis Eduardo Bautista Peña, Ernesto de la Teja González. II Colloquio Universitario de Danza y Filosofia; Centro de Investigación Choreográfica, Organized by Colectivo Giroscopio and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico, September, 2017.

Presenter-Performer, “La Coreografía como Metodología Teórica para el Análisis Crítico de la Corporeidad y la Subjetividad.” Segundo Coloquio Latinoamericano de Investigacion y Practicas de la Danza VISCESC. Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico City, Mexico, July 2017.


UCR-UNAM Faculty Exchange Initiative Grant, 2020-2021

Regents Faculty Fellowship (Committee on Research of the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate), 2019-2021

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Research residency at the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información de la Danza José Limón (CENIDID) in Mexico City; January-December 2017 

Hellman Fellowship, UC Riverside Hellman Fellowship Program, 2016-2017