Danielle Roper became a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2018. She is a faculty member in the University of Chicago's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Roper holds both a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese and an MA in performance studies from New York University. Her research on performance studies, Caribbean queer and feminist studies, and race and visual culture in Latin America and the Caribbean has appeared in e-misférica, as well as in anthologies with University of the West Indies Press and with Palgrave Macmillan Press.
Currently, Roper is working on her first book project which explores the concept of hemispheric blackface. Roper defines the concept of hemispheric blackface as a network of parodic performance of blackness and queerness across Latin America and the Caribbean, and uses it to explore the assumptions, subversion, and mobilization of race, gender, and sexuality.
Roper was a recipient of the Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship at the University of Chicago. She previously taught as a Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York University.