Agnes Lugo-Ortiz

Associate Professor of Latin American Literature
Wieboldt 214
Office Hours: By Appointment
PhD, Princeton University, 1990

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is a specialist in nineteenth-century Latin American literature, and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history. Her work focuses on questions concerning the relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities. This is the subject of her book Identidades imaginadas: Biografía y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba 1860-1898) and of her current book-length project "Riddles of Modern Identity: Biography and Visual Portraiture in Slaveholding Cuba (1760-1886)." She is the author of numerous essays that address the interconnections between queer sexualities, gender and anti-colonial politics in twentieth-century Puerto Rico. Since 1994 she has been on the advisory board of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and is co-editor of Herencia. The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United StatesEn otra voz. Antología de la literatura hispana de los Estados Unidos, and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, vol. V. She is also the coordinator of the Humanities Division's Project Towards a New Americas Studies.

Awards, Honors, and Professional Experience
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minority Scholars
  • Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Editorial Board, "Re-Encountering Colonialisms in the Americas," University of New England Press
  • Advisory Board, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
  • Professor Lugo-Ortiz has also taught at Northwestern University and Dartmouth College.
Recent Courses in RLL
  • SPAN 21903 Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos hispanoamericanos desde la colonia a la independencia (Autumn 2019)
  • SPAN 22003 Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: del modernismo al presente (Autumn 2016, Autumn 2020)
  • SPAN 27401/37401 Literaturas del Caribe Hispánico en el siglo XX (Autumn 2020)
  • SPAN 27510 Literatura y música en el gran Caribe hispanoablante (Spring 2017)
  • SPAN 33444 Fin-de-siglo, Modernización, Cultura, Exilio: El caso José Martí (Spring 2020)
  • SPAN 33710 Text/Image/Territory in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (Autumn 2016, Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 34400 Cultura y Esclavitud en América Latina (Autumn 2019)
  • SPAN 37520 Sonoridad, música y literatura en el Caribe contemporáneo (Spring 2017)
  • SPAN 44000 Cultura visual y esclavitud en Iberoamérica (Spring 2023)
  • SPAN 48990 Advanced Dissertation Writing Seminar for Students of Latin American & Caribbean Literatures (Spring 2023)
  • SPAN 49350 Literatura e ideas en el Caribe Hispánico: El siglo XIX (Spring 2021)


Affiliated Departments and Centers: Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture