20th and 21st centuries Latin American Literature with a focus on Mexico and Central America; border studies; Hispanic women writers
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies. Intersectional feminist. Student advocate. Dabbling administrator. Specialist in gender, spectral, border and trauma theories.
Gibran Escalera works on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, with an emphasis on trans-American texts and their conditions of emergence.
I was born in Mexico City and currently live in Tacoma, WA where I am an Associate Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). At PLU, I teach British eighteenth-century literature, critical animal studies, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies, and border literature. In Spring 2018, I co-founded the Digital Humanities Lab with my colleague, Scott Rogers. I am an advocate for undocumented students and their right to higher education and co-founded the Undocumented Students Task Force at PLU. For my research focus, see below.
2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective,” Project: “Opera without Borders: The Multicultural Libretto in the Age of Nations” 2020-21 Ahmanson Research Fellow for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts at UCLA, Project on pilgrimage guides and geopolitical representations of the eastern Mediterranean in Italian epic poetry Research interests: early modern literature and culture (specializing in Italy); the relationship between art and diplomacy; women’s and gender studies; opera and performance studies; cultural transmission, translation, and transnationalism
Maria Quintero is a professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico where she teaches literature and writing. Her specialization is in the languages, literatures and cultures of the English-speaking Caribbean with a focus on poetry and the environment. She is the main editor of the book, Caribbean Without Borders: Beyond the Can[n]on’s Range, published by Cambridge Scholars Press, and the winner of the 2018 College English Association’s Karen Lentz Madison Award for Scholarship. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and books on the field of Caribbean Studies. She is currently working on a special topics course on the beach in Caribbean Literature.
Marci R. McMahon is Associate Professor in the Literatures and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), with affiliations in the Gender and Women’s Studies program and Mexican American Studies program. She previously served as the Interim Director of the Mexican American Studies Program and Center at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), a bicultural and biliterate university along the US-Mexico border in South Texas and one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions in the nation. Her publications appear inThe Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 3rdEdition; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies;Journal of Equity & Excellence in Education; and Text & Performance Quarterly.She is the author of Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in US Mexicana and Chicana Literature and Art(Rutgers University Press, 2013), the first interdisciplinary study to explore how US Mexicana and Chicana authors and artists across different historical periods and regions use domestic space to engage with recurring debates about race, gender, and immigration. Her second book Sounding Cultural Citizenship: Latinx Dramaturgy in Times of Crises extends this focus on performance, gender, and immigration, to explore critical moments in US history when citizenship has been redefined by Latinx communities and has been in crisis; the book argues that citizenship is performed through sound, with aurality and listening as vital to performances of citizenship.
My research focuses on modern Chinese, Taiwanese, and Sinophone literatures, visual culture, urban studies, and environmental studies. My current research analyzes relational ontologies within Sinophone eco-literature. The project was motivated by conclusions in my book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke University Press, 2010), which analyzes urban planning, fiction, cinema, art, and cultural studies in the People’s Republic of China at the turn of the 21st century. I have also translated essays and fiction by Chinese and Taiwanese intellectuals. I was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2017-18 in support of my current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020). I teach courses on Chinese Science Fiction, Chinese Environmental Literature, Narrative Ethics in Modern China, Writing Women in Modern China, City in Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema, Indigenous Ecologies in Sinophone Literatures.
Asian American Studies
Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature and Studies
American Ethnic Literatures
Transnationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Postcolonial Studies
Digital Humanities, Medieval Studies, Italian Literature, Dante Studies,