Dara E. Goldman is an Associate Professor of Spanish, specializing in contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultures, gender and sexualities studies and cultural studies. She is the author of Out of Bounds: Islands and the Demarcation of Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean (Bucknell Univ. Press, 2008) and has also published numerous articles on how Caribbean identities are represented in contemporary literature and film. Professor Goldman has served as Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and also holds appointments as Affiliate Faculty in several camps units, including the Program in Comparative and World Literatures, Center for Global Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, Latina/Latino Studies, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory, and Women & Gender in a Global Perspective.


B.A. in Latin American Studies, Columbia University, 1992

M.A. in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Columbia University, 1994

Ph.D. in Spanish, Emory University, 2000

Certificate in Women’s Studies, Emory University, 2000


Out of Bounds: Islands and the Demarcation of Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean. (Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory) Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2008.

“A Room of Whose Own? Pleasure and Privacy in Pre- and Post-Pandemic Havana.” Eds. Phil Shining and Jon Braddy. Beyond the New Normal: Desire and Pleasure in a Post-Pandemic World. in progress

Achy Obejas” Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women” June 23, 2021

“Que sea una bendición su memoria: muertos judíos y su legado histórico en las novelas épicas de Leonardo Padura” Ed. Rafael Acosta & Stephen Silverstien. La escritura de Leonardo Padura. Madrid: Instituto Cervantes, 2021. 305-21

“Something a Bit Queer: Hauntings, Havoc, and Hangovers in Leonardo Padura’s La neblina de ayer.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 72.1 (2019): 61-77

“Walk Like a Woman, Talk Like a Man: Ivy Queen’s Troubling of Gender.” Latino Studies 15.4 (2017): 539-57 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41276-017-0088-5

“The Wondrous Junot Diaz.” Chicago Humanities Festival Blog. February 20, 2013. http://chicagohumanities.org/blog/guest-blog/dara-goldman-on-junot-diaz

“There’s (Always) Something About Cuba: Security and States of Exception in a Fundamentally Unsafe World.” SAQ 107.2 (2008): 339-54

“Urban Desires:  Melancholia and Fernando Pérez’s Portrayal of Havana.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.  85.3 (2008): 266-77

“Next Year in the Diaspora:  The Uneasy Articulation of Transcultural Positionality in Achy Obejas’s Days of Awe.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 8 (2004):  59-74

“Érase una isla:  la llegada como fundamento retórico en el Caribe hispánico.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 29.2 (2005):  285-305

“Virtual Islands:  The Reterritorialization of Puerto Rican Spatiality in Cyberspace.” Hispanic Review 72.3 (2004):  375-400

“Out of Place: The Demarcation of Hispanic Caribbean Cultural Spaces in the Diaspora.” Latino Studies 1.3 (2003):  403-23

“Los límites de la carne:  los cuerpos asediados de Virgilio Piñera.” Revista Iberoamericana 69.205 (2003):  1001-15

“Once on this Island:  The Performance of Spatiality in Salvador Brau’s La vuelta al hogar.”  Chasqui 32.1 (2003):  74-84

“El otro que no es uno:  configuraciones retóricas en los estudios coloniales recientes.”  Cuadernos Americanos 5.71 (1998):  163-179

Blog Posts


    A book-length project on how recent Cuban cultural production challenges dominant depictions of the island as a land frozen in time, available for touristic consumption, or as a model of anti-imperial resilience. The book analyzes literature, film, and music that challenges such depictions, unearthing the conditions they mask.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Tropical Zion? Jewish Settlements in the Spanish Speaking Caribbean.”

    “Once We Were……Jewish Legacies and Intersectional Fabulations in Contemporary Cuba” Next Year in the Caribbean: Race, Religion, and Roots in the Jewish Atlantic World. (symposium co-organized by Dara E. Goldman and Dana Rabin).


    American Comparative Literature Association,  American Jewish Studies, Association for Cultural Studies, Caribbean Studies Association, Latin American Jewish Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, Modern Language Association

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