Rodrigo Lazo

Associate Professor, English

Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

Affiliate, Chicano/Latino Studies

Ph.D., University of Maryland, English

M.S., Columbia University, Journalism

Phone: (949) 824-4830
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
3114 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2605
Irvine, CA 92697

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American Literature; Latino Studies; Nineteenth-Century; Hemispheric American Studies; Immigrant/Migrant Fiction
My current book project draws from archive theory and archival research to reconsider the possibility of Latino/a literary history in the nineteenth-century, tracing the hemispheric movement of writers from Latin America to the United States. My recent article in the journal American Literary History draws from this book-in-progress. In conjunction with this project, I am co-editing a collection of essays tentatively titled “The Latino Nineteenth Century.” I have also started a research project on torture and Dirty Wars and will be presenting this material at an upcoming conference. I was recently named to the editorial board of J19, the new journal from the Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists.

This year I am teaching in the Humanities Core Course, delivering a series of lectures on Dirty Wars from Argentina to the War on Terror. Usually my teaching focuses on the US nineteenth century and Latino Studies, in both cases emphasizing transnational and hemispheric connections and the practices of imperialism. My undergraduate courses include “Literature and Manifest Destiny,” “Im-Migrant Fictions,” “Borderlands,” and “Imagining the Americas.” After a dozen years as a professor, I find the most rewarding part of academia is interacting with students and helping them with their research and writing. In 2012, I was honored to receive an award from the UCI Associated Graduate Students for my contributions as a mentor.

Prior to coming to UC Irvine in 2004, I taught at Miami University. In a previous life I attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism and worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald.
Publications Book:

Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in the United States. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
  Selected Articles:

"The Invention of America Again: On the Impossibility of an Archive" American Literary History 25 (2013): 751-771.
  "Confederates in the Hispanic Attic: The Archive Against Itself" in On Moving Ground. Edited by Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson (NYU Press, 2014)
  "Migrant Archives," in States of Emergency. Edited by Russ Castronovo and Susan Gillman. 2009.
  "Oscar Hijuelos, Writer of Work," in Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism. Edited by Lyn Di Orio Sandin and Richard Perez. 2007.
  "La Famosa Filadelfia: The Hemispheric American City and Constitutional Debates," In Hemispheric American Studies. Edited by Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine. 2008.
  "'So Spanishly Poetic': Moby-Dick's Doubloon and Latin America," in Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby-Dick, ed. John Bryant, Mar K. Bercaw, and Timothy Marr. (Kent State, 2005)
  "Filibustering Cuba: Cecilia Valdés and a Memory of Nation in the Americas," American Literature 74 (March 2002): 1-30.
  "Los Filibusteros: Cuban Writers in the United States and Deterritorialized Print Culture" American Literary History 15 (January 2003): 87-106.
Grants National Endowment for the Humanities, 2001-2002
Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, 1997
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2005
Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
Latin American Studies Association
Melville Society
American Antiquarian Society
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