Gregorio Pablo Rodríguez-Arbolay Jr. is a revisionist historian, queer geographer, and cultural critic originating from the Bronx, New York, and currently based in Montréal. As a PhD student in the Humanities program at Concordia University, his interdisciplinary research in queer geography and visual culture aims to document shifting spatial, cultural, and cinematic discourses of nationalism, sexual normativity, and multiculturalism in Montréal, tentatively titled: Queering Québécois Sexual Exceptionalism: Race, Sexuality, and the Homonationalist Imaginary since 1960.
His academic specializations include queer, feminist, racialized, and post-colonial cultural productions and visual cultures, Québécois national cinemas, as well as video art, activist aesthetics, and cartographies of QTBIPOC and HIV/AIDS social movements. He received a BA in Cultural Studies and Media from The New School and an MA in Women’s and Gender History from Sarah Lawrence College. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Donald L. Boisvert Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Studies. For over a decade, Gregorio has worked as a part-time lecturer at various high schools and universities in NYC and Montréal. He is currently the Research Coordinator for Mapping MTL Diversities, an open work-group dedicated exploring neighbourhoods and cultural production in various ethnic, racialized, and queer communities.
To discover more about his teaching and research, visit: https://concordia.academia.edu/RodriguezArbolay