Susana Vargas Cervantes is a transdisciplinary scholar, internationally recognized for her artistic and academic work at the intersections of alternative criminology, visual studies, and queer studies—in both Anglo North America and Latin America. Her research mines the connections between gender, sexuality, class, and skin tonalities to reconceptualize pigmentocracy as a system of perception.

She is the author of the book  The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer (NYU Press, 2019) and Mujercitos (Editorial RM, 2015). After a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University, she joined Carleton University as an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies. 



︎ The Little Old Lady Killer

       NYU Press, 2019

︎ Mujercitos

       Editorial RM, 2015

︎ Aprehendiendo al delincuente

       UNAM-McGill, 2011


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Mujercitos is based on my doctoral thesis: “Alarma!: Mujercitos performing gender in the pigmentocratic socio-cultural system of Mexico” in which I analyzed the photographs of mujercitos, “effeminate men” (as defined by Alarma!) that appeared in this exemplary Mexican nota roja periodical, from 1963 to 1986. Nota roja is a particular news genre for the narration of violence characterized by its gruesome and cruel photographic content, however the photographs of mujercitos are shown posing and taking the center stage of the camera for 23 consecutive years.


︎ Velmor, Ricardo. Mujercitos! Anal Magazine
[ Octubre, 2015 ]

︎ Álvarez, Carlos. Los Mujercitos de ‘Alarma!’. Vice México
[ Septiembre, 2015 ]

︎ Ladd, Jeffrey. Susana Vargas Mujercitos. 1000 words. UK
[ August, 2015 ]

︎ Watermann, Lucy. Book Review. Musee Magazine. New York
[ August, 2015 ]

︎ Creadores Universitarios. Foro TV. Video de la entrevista aquí
[ Agosto, 2015 ]

︎ Martínez, Gerardo. “Mujercitos! Historias del deseo reprimido. El Universal. Confabulario. 
[ Junio, 2015 ]

︎ Vieyra, Rolando. “Mujercitos: Festines Secretos de Invertidos. Entrevista a Susana Vargas Cervantes.” Yaconic.
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Valencia, Rufo. “Susana Vargas presenta el libro ‘Mujercitos’ en Canadá”. Radio Canada Internacional.
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Avila, Sonia. “Alarma, refugio contra la homophobia.” Excelsior. Expresiones.
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Paul, Carlos. “‘Mujercitos’, libro que compendia retratos de “hombres afeminados.” La Jornada
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Raúl, Campos. “ ‘Mujercitos’ homofobia para planas de nota roja.” Milenio. Cultura. 11 de
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Aguilera, Carlos. “Cartografías de la Inversión. Entrevista a Susana Vargas”.
[ Mayo, 2015 ]

︎ Feuerhelm, Brad. “Susana Vargas and the “Red Page” Transgender Sensationalism of “Mujercitos” in Mexican Tabloid Culture.” American Suburb X.
[ April, 2015 ]

︎ Abdelrahim, Jaled. “La Rebelión de los Mujercitos.” Yorokobu.
[ Diciembre, 2014 ]

︎ Bizzotto, Márcia. “Lanzan en Bruselas libro Mujercitos.” Notimex.
[ Noviembre, 2014 ]