Jewel Pereyra is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard's American Studies program and holds a secondary in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Afro-Filipina Aesthetics: Transnational Sound Cultures and Dance Performances, 1918-1978, examines the understudied poetic, theatrical and musical performances that emerged from transnational contacts between Filipina and Black women performers. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and various internal grants. At Harvard, she has co-coordinated the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Working Group and the Theater and Performance Colloquium. Outside of Harvard, Jewel is passionate about youth mentorship and creative arts education. After receiving her B.A. from the University of California-Los Angeles, from 2014-2016, she served as an English and Arts Education volunteer with Peace Corps Cambodia. From 2019-2021, she worked as co-director for ASPIRE's (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence) Youth Leadership Program. In her free time,  she enjoys painting with water colors, listening to Toro y Moi, hiking in the woods, lyrical dancing, amateur birding, and traveling. 

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