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Degree: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

 Position: Associate Professor of Spanish

 Research Interests: Hispanic Caribbean  literatures  and cultures; Latino/a studies; Race  critical theory;  Gender and sexuality in a global  context; Migration studies

 Campus Address: B356 Wells Hall

 Phone: (517) 884-6351

Danny Méndez earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies and a Core-Faculty of the Program of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities (GSAH). His research focuses on contemporary narrative representations of Dominican migrations to the United States and Puerto Rico, analyzing the particular ways in which these narratives challenge conceptions of Latin American literature and Latino Studies.


“Fictive Identities on a Diasporic Ethnic Stage: A ‘Modern Girl’ Consumed in Dominican Beauty Pageants” in The Postcolonial World. Eds. Jyotsna G. Singh and David D. Kim. London: Routledge, 2017. Print.

“Criando y amando al tigre queer: la masculinidad dominicana diaspórica en Elliot Loves” In NUESTRO CARIBE. Poder, raza y postnacionalismos para dinamitar el archipiélago LGBTQ. Ed. Mabel Cuesta. San Juan: Isla Negra, 2016. Print.

Charytín Goyco, la rubia de América: A case Study of Television Stardom in the Dominican Republic in the 1970s.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. 33 (2015): 27-40. Print.  

“De travestismos sospechosos y seducciones peligrosas: La identidad sexual and dos cuentos de José Alcántara Almánzar.” Revista Iberoamericana. 79:243 (2013): 523-533. Print.

Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012. Print.