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David Vazquez Associate Professor Literature and CRGC, Program Director of Latinx Studies Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies

David Vazquez
CAS | Critical RGC Studies
Battelle-Tompkins 223
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, University of South Florida

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David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies and Director of the Latina/o/x Studies Program. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature and culture, comparative ethnic American cultures, critical race theory, environmental justice, ecocriticism, and 20th Century U.S. Literature.
He is the co-editor with Sarah D. Wald, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray of Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple 2019), which won the 2022 MLA Prize for an Edited Collection. Latinx Environmentalisms maps the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and political justice.

His first book Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity (Minnesota 2011), explores how Latina/o authors in late twentieth-century America employ the coordinates of ideas of self in autobiographical texts to find their way to new, complex identities.

Vázquez's other publications have appeared in the journals American Literary History, Symbolism, Latino Studies, CENTRO, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, and in the collections the Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature (Routledge, 2012) and Erasing Public Memory: Race, Aesthetics and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas (Mercer, 2007).

He co-editied (with Hsuan Hsu) a special issue of The Journal of Transnational American Studies, entitled "The Molecular Intimacies of Empire." Vázquez is also completing his second monograph, Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Culture that places a constellation of ideas around genre, 20th- and 21st-century experimental Latina/o/x novels, film, and visual art and environmental justice into conversation.
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Spring 2024

  • CRGC-350 Topics in CRGC Studies: Latinx Environmentalisms

  • LIT-121 Rethinking Literature: Latinx Sci-Fi/Speculative Cltr

Summer 2024

  • LIT-281 Power, Discourse & Pop Culture

Fall 2024

  • LTST-200 Intro to Latina/o/x Studies

  • LTST-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Border Theory