Luis Rincon Alba

Visiting Assistant Professor

Luis Rincón Alba headshot in purple shirt

Luis Rincón Alba teaches at the Art and Public Policy Department, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds a B.A. from Universidad del Atlántico (Colombia), two M.A. from Stony Brook University and New York University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. 

Rincón Alba teaches courses and conducts research on performance studies, festive and political practices in the Americas, Latin American and Caribbean aesthetics and criticism, contemporary art from the Americas, race and ethnicity, sound, and musical performance. His work explores the modes in which popular culture animates political movements and contemporary artistic practices. His artistic and academic work centers on the performativity of festive and carnival performance. His scholarship traces the aesthetic and political genealogy of carnival practices in contemporary literature, performance art, and music as it pays attention to how this emergence troubles historical understandings of race, gender, and class. 

Rincón Alba has been a fellow at NYU’s Center for the Humanities and the Urban Democracy Lab. He has also received public humanities fellowships at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference and Humanities New York. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship.