Kristen A. Kolenz

PhD student Kristen Kolenz

Kristen A. Kolenz


Office Hours

Thursdays, 11am-12:30pm on Zoom or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Central American Studies
  • Performance Studies


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., John Carroll University

Kristen is a lecturer in the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. After graduating from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Latin American Studies, she moved to Guatemala City where she lived for four years. She recently earned her PhD in WGSS from The Ohio State University. 

Kristen’s dissertation, “Toward an Archive of Resistant Movement: Decolonial Activisms and Transformation in Contemporary Mesoamerica,” examines resistance strategies that confront disappearance and detention enacted by the state in Contemporary Mesoamerica, a geography she names to emphasize that forced migration and ongoing colonial violence redefine the reach of knowledges rooted in the region. At the intersection of transnational feminisms, decolonial theory, Latin American and Latinx studies, and performance studies, the dissertation studies the transformative possibilities that emerge among bodies in resistant motion. Her most recent project builds on the dissertation to explore Contemporary Mesoamerican knowledge production in the region and its diaspora through resistance to temporal violence and the everyday strategies for coping with absence.

In addition, Kristen is also committed to making feminist classrooms accessible to an ever-widening range of students through engaging and dynamic online learning. In pursuit of this goal, she has created an instructor training manual and resource guide for OSU’s WGSS department and led the development of the department’s first large lecture online course.