Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D. is a scholar, critic, curator, and associate professor of art history at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art.
Her work centers around third-wave feminist art, pin-ups, DIY and craft, and Riot Grrrl punk rock. Recent publications include the books PinUp Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture and Extra/ordinary; contributions to the anthologies It’s Time for Action (There’s No Option): About Feminism; Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism; and Contemporary Artists; catalogue essays for numerous national and international exhibitions; and articles and criticisms in such journals as Art in America, Art Journal, Photography Quarterly, and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. She has also been a regular contributor to the popular feminist magazine BUST since 1999. Her current book project explores the ties between contemporary activist art and popular music.