Nino Testa

Dr. Nino Testa

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Women & Gender Studies
Rees-Jones Hall 218 | 817-257-4805


PhD, English, Tufts University (2013)
MA, English, Tufts University (2007)
BA, Women's Studies and English, Miami University (2006)

Courses Taught

WGST 20003: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
WGST 30193/ENGL 30193: Queer Theories
WGST 30903: Special Topic: Queer Art of Drag
WGST 30203/CRES 30203: Social Justice Organizing and Activism
WGST 40003: Advanced Seminar
WGST 49003: WGST Internship
WGST 60003: Graduate Colloquium in Feminist Theories and Methodologies

Areas of Focus

Queer Theories
LGBTQ History and Culture
Queer Activism

Dr. Testa has served as the inaugural Associate Director of Women & Gender Studies since 2017. He has previously worked as the director of the LGBT Center at Tufts University, the staff assistant at the Women’s Center and Asian American Center at Tufts University, and a Development Associate at the Feminist Press at CUNY, where he was an ACLS Public Humanities Fellow. Dr. Testa’s drag persona, Maria von Clapp, appears at TCU classes and programs, as well as local community events. He currently volunteers for The Dallas Way: An LGBTQ History Project, the children’s ministry at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, LGBTQ Saves, and as a pen pal with Black and Pink.

Pronouns: he/him or they/them

“‘If You Are Reading It, I am Dead’: Activism, Local History, and the AIDS Quilt,” The Public Historian, August, 2022.