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Judith Sierra-Rivera

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latina/o Studies

Office Phone: (814) 865-4252


Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico                                                   


My research focuses on Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. Latinx literary and cultural productions. The keywords that organize my publications and courses are: intellectual thought and networking, emotions, anti-colonialism, feminism, queer studies, race and intersectionality studies, masculinity studies, social space, catastrophe, war and militarism, and youth cultures.

My book manuscript, Affective Intellectuals and the Space of Catastrophe in the Americas is forthcoming with Ohio State University Press, 2018. Here, I weave together five different contexts (Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the U.S.-Central America relationship) to argue that there is an intellectual tradition in the Americas rooted in the stories, desires, and needs of those who have been systematically pushed out of the public sphere (indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, immigrants, LGBTQ sexualities, and inhabitants of poverty). This argument leads me to analyze a number of writers whose emotional discourses during catastrophic circumstances have had a measurable impact on the formation of communities that organize civil efforts to surpass a crisis and, even more, to demand their full political inclusion in society.

My next book project examines the connections between feminist thought and the question of sovereignty in the Caribbean and the Latinx communities in the U.S. Specifically, I center on the relationship between militarism and masculinity in the Hispanic, French, and Anglo Caribbean and the Caribbean diasporas in the U.S. Provisionally entitled Treacherous Males: Caribbean Masculinities and the Undoing of Military Patriarchy in the Islands and Their Diasporas, I study a diversity of materials in which heterosexual masculinities perform (un)willingly against the colonial/neoliberal machine of war.