Marcela Fuentes served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Theater at UCLA. She received her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in May 2008. Her work explores contemporary cultural production in the Americas to analyze how artists and activists use a variety of media, the Internet, Closed Circuit TV, the street, and theatre, to challenge traditional notions of politics in relation to location, simulation, and embodiment. She is the co-editor, with Diana Taylor, of an anthology of readings in performance studies to be released in Spanish by Fondo de Cultura Económica (México). From 2004 to 2008, she served as Managing Editor of e-misférica, the biannual online journal published by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Marcela also works in theater, performance art, and independent radio as a director, producer, dramaturge, and performer. Beginning in Fall 2012, Marcela will serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.