Luis Rincón Alba

PhD Candidate

Luis Rincon Alba

Luis C. Rincón Alba is a Colombian artist and scholar based in New York City since 2010. He has taught at the departments of Art and Public Policy and Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia). He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Performance Studies Department at New York University. As an actor, performer, and oral narrator, he has collaborated with different artistic collectives in his home country and also in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, and Italy. His creative 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 and how this emergence troubles historical understandings of race, gender, and class. His academic research areas include Caribbean studies, critical race theory, contemporary philosophy and aesthetics, experimental ethnography, and the history of Latin American and Caribbean theater and performance art.


New York University

Ph.D. Candidate - Performance Studies

New York, New York


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


SUNY Stony Brook

Master of Arts - Philosophy and Arts

Stony Brook, New York


Universidad del Atlántico

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy

Barranquilla, Colombia

Awards & Distinctions

• Francon Coli Dissertation Award | NYU 2019-2020
• Iberescena Creative Grant | Spain 2019
• Global Research Initiative | Florence & Paris 2017-2018
• Performance Studies Emergent Scholar Award | NYU 2014
• Lee Wasserman Grant | 2013
• Fulbright Fellow 2010-2012