Professor Richard T. Rodriguez officially joins MCS faculty on July 1st!
Richard T. Rodríguez is associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies and English at the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in Latina/o literary and cultural studies, film and visual culture, and queer studies with additional interests in transnational cultural studies, popular music studies, and comparative ethnic studies. After receiving his BA in English from UC Berkeley and his PhD in the History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz, he taught for several years at Cal State LA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before joining the UC Riverside faculty in 2016. The author of Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2009), which won the 2011 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, he is at work on two projects: Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality and Latino/U.K.: Postpunk’s Transatlantic Touches. With Martin F. Manalansan IV, Chantal Nadeau, and Siobhan B. Somerville, he coedited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies titled “Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” He has published essays in the journals Social Text, Critical Ethnic Studies, Biography, American Literary History, Profession, Palimpsest, Aztlán, and American Quarterly, and in several collections including The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature, The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, Latino/a Literature in the Classroom, Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, A Concise Companion to American Studies, and Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of American Literary History and InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.