Romance Languages and Literatures

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz

Associate Professor, Latin American Literature, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Gender Studies, Center for Race, Culture and Society, Project Towards a New Americas Studies


Wieboldt 214

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PhD, Princeton University, 1990

MA, Princeton University, 1986

BA, Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 1982.

Certificado de Estudios, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1978.

Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

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 States, En 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.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Imagining the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America
  • Caribbean Literatures
  • Poesía, Nación y Ciudanía en el siglo XIX Hispanoamericano
  • Cultures of Slavery in the Americas
  • Postmodern Sexualities in the Hispanic Worlds
  • Literature and Ideas in Latin America
  • Exile and Cultural Translation in the Nineteenth-Century Americas
  • Cultures and Colonialisms in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean: 1898 and the Transition between Empires