Rocío Pichon-Rivière

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Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
School of Humanities
Ph.D., New York University
University of California, Irvine
369 Humanities Hall
Mail Code: 5275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Latin American / Latinx literature and visual culture (including graphic novels and other comics), trans and queer theory, feminismo descolonial and Latinx feminism, health humanities, graphic medicine, transformative justice.
Research Abstract
My research interests include trans and queer theory, comics, critical phenomenology, decolonial feminism, health humanities, graphic medicine, and their engagement in contemporary Latinx and Latin American literature and visual culture. I have published essays in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, PMC: Postmodern Culture, Literature and Medicine, and Res Publica: Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas. My soon-to-be-published book manuscript “La piel de la política: Observaciones trans-feministas sobre la diferencia” [“The Flesh of Politics: Trans-Feminist Notes on Difference”] studies Latin American trans and cis women thinkers who wrote autobiographical essays as a medium to articulate a transformative political theory that seeks to dismantle notions of shame and punishment, and instead reimagine collective healing through the arts and radical embodiment. My second book project, tentatively titled Picturing Power, studies Latinx graphic medicine, that is to say, comics that address topics of illness and harm, to visualize the roots of health disparities in past and present colonialism and to reimagine embodied liberation.
Additionally, I am conducting NIH-funded interdisciplinary research on graphic medicine with fabulous colleagues at UCR and UCI, exploring the impact of comics-making workshops on the wellbeing of care providers working with marginalized communities in Inland Southern California.

2021 “Nudes and Naked Souls: Critical Phenomenology of Skin Disclosure and Hemispheric Trans Theory.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Issue 27.3. Durham: Duke University Press. pp. 431-450. Print ISSN 1064-2684.

2020 “Choreographies of Consent: Clarice Lispector’s Epistemology of Ignorance” Postmodern Culture, Issue 30.3. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.
ISSN 1053-1920. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/pmc.2020.0019

2018 “Fenomenologías de la vergüenza” [“Phenomenologies of Shame”]. Res Pública: Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas [Peer-reviewed Journal of Political Intellectual History Res Publica]. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. pp. 651-670. ISSN 1576-4184:


2021 “The Neurobiology of Protest” in Literature and Medicine. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1-8. Print ISSN: 0278-9671

2021 “Un abecedario de Molloy” (by Natalia Brizuela and Rocío Pichon-Rivière). CHUY: Revista de estudios literarios latinoamericanos. Número especial: Todo sobre Molloy. pp. 51-58. ISSN 2422-5932.



2010 Ejercicios de lógica desarrollados y explicados. (Logic Exercises Developed and Explained). Buenos Aires: Editorial Universitaria La Bisagra, 2010. pp. 1-64. ISBN 978-987-1719-20-4.


2019 Review of Travesti: Una teoría lo suficientemente buena by Marlene Wayar in Revista Temporales

2015 Review of Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis, and the Black Male Performance by Michelle Anne Stephens in e-misférica 11.2. ISSN 1554-3706.
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