Isabel Machado

Post-doctoral fellow

Mitchell Hall, 318
Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 2:30-3:30 (or by appointment)
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Ph.D. History. University of Memphis (2019)
M.A. U.S. History. University of South Alabama (2013)
M.A. Film Studies. University of Iowa (2006)
B.A. History. Universidade Federal da Bahia, Bahia (2002)

Fields of Interest

Gender and Sexuality, Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Festivities and Celebrations, US-South, Latin American Studies, Material Culture, Oral History, Critical Ethnography, 20th Century US History, Cultural Studies

Courses taught

The US Since 1877. University of Memphis
Philosophy of Design. Universidad de Monterrey
Seminario de Interiorismo: Theorizing Living Spaces. Universidad de Monterrey
Video for Artists. University of Memphis

Representative Publications 

"'Vamos estuprar toda essa maldita paisagem' Deliverance, o Sul do 'Sunbelt' e a crise de masculinidade nos anos 70." O Olho da História, Brazil (No 26, March 2018)

"Never too big, never too much: how the Order of Osiris helped build a visible LGBTQ community in Mobile, Alabama," Oral History, U.K. (Vol. 46, No 1. March 2018)

"Revisiting Deliverance: The Sunbelt South, the 1970s Masculinity Crisis, and the Emergence of the Redneck Nightmare Genre." Study the South, U.S.A. (June 2017)

Representative Conferences

"'Monterrey doesn't have the drag it deserves, it has the drag that it needs:' the politics of performing gender in Northern Mexico. 67th annual conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. (Austin. March 2019)

"Same space/Different experiences: Memories of Post-WWII Downtown Mobile, Alabama." 2019 Southern Historical Association Conference (Louisville. November 2019)

"Divas, Régias, y Demoledorxs: Embodying gender normativity defiance in Monterrey, Nuevo León." 66th annual conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. (Oaxaca. March 2019)

"What defines the interviewer's subject position when a Bahian oral historian investigates Alabama's Mardi Gras?" 2018 Oral History Association Annual Meeting. (Montreal. October 2018)

"Black Bodies in a White Spectacle: Using Mardi Gras to Understand Racial Relations in Mobile, Alabama." European Social Science History Conference 2018. (Belfast. April 2018)

"La importancia del Carnaval y de la historia oral para el rescate de la historia LGBT de Mobile, Alabama." XI Congreso Internacional de Historia Oral (Mexico City. July 2017)

"Never Too Big, Never Too Much: The Order of Osiris and the Emergence of a Visible LGBTQ Community in Mobile, Alabama." 2015 Oral History Association Annual Meeting. (Tampa. October 2015)

"The Inbred Slasher Movie: How and why the South of Moonlight and Magnolias was Replaced by the South of Moonshine and Inbred Maniacs in Popular Imagination." 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association (Mobile. November 2012)


Guest editor for the Journal of Festive Studies' 2020 special issue on the material record of Carnival and other festivities.

Historical Consultant/Advisor. Achivo Histórico LGBTQ+. Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Member of the Editorial Board of entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography

Member of the International Committee of the Oral History Association.

Blind Peer Reviewer. Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America Journal (2018)

Honors and Awards

Recognition for outstanding results in the EVAPROF Teacher Evaluation. Division of Art, Architecture and Design, Universidad de Monterrey (Fall, 2017)

Ruth and Harry Woodbury Graduate Fellowship in Southern History (2017)

Dr. William R. and Helen Lucille Gillaspie Scholarship in Latin American History (2014, 2015, and 2017)

Outstanding Thesis in the Field of Humanities and Fine Arts. University of South Alabama (2015)

Robert L. Brunhouse Award for Outstanding History Graduate Student. History Department. University of South Alabama (2011)

Fulbright Fellowship (2004-2006)

Current projects/Works in Progress

Journal of Festive Studies. Special Issue on "The Materiality of Festivities." (Guest Editor) 
Call for Papers

Now You Do Whatcha Wanna: Marked Bodies and Invented Traditions in Mobile's Mardi Gras: Uses Carnival as a vehicle to understand social and cultural changes in Mobile, Alabama (USA) in the second half of the 20th century. (monograph currently being revised by readers)

"Local Strangers from Monterrey to Cádiz: Intersectional Feminist Dialogues on the Field:" Presents an ethnographic dialogue between two women researchers who investigate Carnival, rituals, and performances from a queer and feminist studies perspective while negotiating intersubjectivity in transnational contexts. (article co-authored with Prof. Katerina Sergidou)

Divas, Régias, & Demoledorxs: Oral history project consisting of interviews with different generations of artists and performers who defy gender normativity in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico (travestis, drag kings/queens, and voguerxs). 

I also work as an assistant producer for the Sexing History podcast and as a host in the New Books in Gender Studies podcast.