Patricia de Nóbrega Gomes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies. Her research is on contemporary Black and Indigenous artists in Brazil working in performance, mixed-media, sculpture, and photography. Her research interests also include Black Studies, Performance Theory, Feminist Theory, and Critical Indigenous Studies. Her dissertation, "Geo-corporeal Politics of Performance and Feminist Strategies in Brazil," focuses on the contemporary artistic production of Black and Indigenous artists in Brazil, whose works draw from intergenerational practices and non-western bodies of knowledge. The study considers how women and marginalized communities use art as an activist tool to fight against oppressive regimes in Brazil. Her research has been recognized and funded by the The American Association of University Women, the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, and supported by the American Society for Theatre Research
She holds a B.A. in Art History and Global Gender Studies from the University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU.