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Ricardo L. Ortiz began serving as Chair of Georgetown University’s Department of English on 1 July 2015; he is an Associate Professor of US Latino Literature and Culture and also served as Director of Graduate Studies from July 2008 to July 2014. He was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at Georgetown in 2005.
Prof. Ortiz’s first book, Cultural Erotics in Cuban America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in early 2007; it was awarded Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association’s 2008 Alan Bray Book Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to Queer Literary and Cultural Studies. His second book project, The Testimonial Imagination: Cold War Geo-Politics and US Latino Literature, is well under way. While Prof. Ortiz specializes in U.S. Latino/a Literatures and Cultures, he is also interested in teaching and research in hemispheric, transnational Americas Studies, critical and cultural theory, cultural studies, intellectual history, race, gender and queer theory, political theory, and popular culture.
Since 2010 Prof. Ortiz has published a variety of scholarly, critical and reference pieces in such collections as Imagined Transnationalism: US Latino/a Literature, Culture and Identity (Palgrave, 2010), Gay Latino Studies: a Critical Reader (Duke UP, 2011), The Routledge Companion to US Latino Literature (2012), GLQ (2014), The Cambridge Companion to Latino Literature (2016) and The Cambridge History of Latino Literature (2018).
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