Bio


Xavi Luis Burgos is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, researching the pedagogical, political, and prophetic strategies of Caribbean communities and Afro-diaspora religions.

A longtime educator, writer, organizer, artist, and curator, Xavi’s work includes developing and directing educational programming utilizing public art, film, poetry, photography, and popular education on radical histories, community organizing, LGBTQAI cultures, Caribbean religions, and sexual health. He founded the ¡Humboldt Park NO SE VENDE! campaign, which worked to assemble resources and agitate consciousness of gentrification in Chicago. He served on the board of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, one of Chicago’s largest affordable housing developers. He co-developed, curated, and moderated the four-day symposium, Afrorriqueñes. He was Editor-in-Chief of Que Ondee Sola, and published essays in Gozamos, La Voz del Paseo Boricua, Claridad, and 80 grados. Xavi is the co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of La Respuesta, a publication that cultivated bridges between the diverse communities of the Puerto Rican Diáspora.

At Stanford University, Xavi co-founded and directed the grant-funded Hemispheric Racializations Working Group, organizing seminars with scholars engaging race and racial formations in the social sciences and humanities. Xavi also co-organized the symposium The Queer Caribbean: Inheritances, Embodiments, and Possibilities, curating and moderating the panel Queer Performance Practices in Puerto Rico & Its Diaspora.

Xavi’s scholarly interests include embodied knowledges, sacred epistemologies and ontologies; youth movements and community-based and radical educational projects; indigenous and queer methodologies; oral history, ethnography, and critical pedagogy; diaspora, migration, (settler) colonialism and nationalism; political theory, the politics of space, and racial formations.

Honors & Awards


  • Grant Awardee & Coordinator, Hemispheric Racializations Working Group, Center for Latin American Studies (2022)
  • Grant Awardee, Tinker Graduate Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies (2022)
  • Fellow, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship (EDGE) (2021)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


The pedagogical, political, and prophetic strategies of Caribbean communities and Afro-Diaspora religions; embodied knowledges, sacred epistemologies and ontologies; youth movements and community-based and radical educational projects; indigenous and queer methodologies; oral history, ethnography, and critical pedagogy; diaspora, migration, (settler) colonialism and nationalism; political theory, the politics of space, and racial formations.