Linnea C Valdivia earned her B.A. in English from Whitman College before starting at Northwestern in 2020. She is the recipient of a Mellon Cluster Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include queerness in early America, medicalization of the body and theatrical performance as a site of queer meaning-making. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, she also is a professional freelance dramaturg, producer and playwright with special focuses on new work development and Latinx theatre.