Tessy Schlosser

Graduate Student


I am a Ph.D. candidate in political thought in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

My dissertation excavates and works with the political thought of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1651-1695) to think through questions of canonicity, utopianism, colonial-imperial, and patriarchal power. To do so, I alternate across different descriptive registers, reading Sor Juana historically, conceptually, and poetically.

Research Focus

Reading Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1651-1695) historically, conceptually, and poetically, my dissertation considers different articulations of the interlocking nature of power. In the dissertation, I investigate imperial-colonial and patriarchal power through specific material and poetic sites in order to theorize both the complex interdependence between these forms of power as well as the availability of space for a politics that is not captured by the experiences of domination and hegemony imposed by them. To this end, my dissertation operates within the terms of conflicting empirical realities at five sites of power: the library, the city, the body, the kitchen, and “utopia.”