Pedro Javier Di Pietro

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
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Pedro Javier Di Pietro is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department (2011-2013). He obtained his Ph.D. in the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Program at Binghamton University (SUNY). His work focuses on decolonial ways of thinking and producing difference. To study styles of being permeated by indigenous cosmologies, Di Pietro looks into the production of queer spaces in the Andes and their diasporic dispersal throughout the Americas. His postdoctoral research is two-fold. On the one hand, he examines the geopolitical linkages between subaltern queerness from indigenous/mestizo backgrounds and vernacular spirituality among Latino/as in the U.S. On the other, he would like to further the philosophical framework of his dissertation, weaving regional epistemologies of sex/gender/desire together with the decolonial critique of the human/non-human distinction and its ethico-political aftermath across ethnic, gender, and queer studies. Di Pietro is currently co-editing a volume on the work of Latina Philosopher Maria Lugones.