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Irizarry, Roberto (full)
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Division of Humanities & Social Sciences, Language
Gate House


    How are race, ethnicity, and national identity performed? Are these identities final or can they evolve and facilitate production collaborations as they evolve in different iterations? Whether I am analyzing theater and performance art by New York Puerto Ricans or Dominicans or interpreting Hip-Hop produced by Dominicans in Puerto Rico, I explore these basic questions as they emerge within literature or popular culture. Furthermore, my teaching aims at creating spaces where diverse cultures interact and open themselves up to new views of themselves through lenses provided by new languages or critical contexts. 

    Research Interests

    Latin American and US Latino/a Literature

    Latin American and US Latino/aTheater and Performance Art

    Latin American and US Latino/a Hip-Hop

    Caribbean Literature and Culture



    Ph.D. Spanish American Literature, University of Kansas
    M.A. Spanish, University of Kansas
    B.A. English Literature, Universidad de Puerto Rico


    “Vanguardia, raza y nación: una lectura de la negritud de la novela mexicana Panchito Chapopote y del estridentismo a la luz del modernismo brasileño” (Accepted for publication by TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.)

    “Licking the Wounds: Communal Self-Care in Migdalia Cruz’s Miriam’s    Flowers.” In Ollantay. 13. 35-36 (2010): 53-59.


    “The Ever-Unfinished Business: Translating Migdalia Cruz.” In Ollantay. 13. 35    36 (2010): 109-112.


    “Las flores de Miriam.”Teatro puertorriqueño en Estados Unidos. Ed. Rosalina     Perales. San Juan: Instituto de Cultura, 2010.  90-132.


                Para que sepas: Anhelos e Historias de Mujeres de Chiapas/So you know: Dreams

                           and Stories by Women of Chiapas. San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas:                  

                           Melel Xojobal, 2008. Co-translated with Alberto Hernández Lemus.


    “Traveling Light: Performance, Autobiography and Immigration in Josefina                                   Báez’s            Dominicanish.”Gestos 42 (Nov 2006): 81-96.


    “Desenterrando y mareando la memoria: el arte del recuerdo de Agua, Sol y           Sereno.” Sargasso Special Issue (2004-2005): 37-55.


    “The House of Pretension: Space and Performance in Miguel Piñero’s Theater.”                             Latin American Theater Review 37.2 (Spring 2004): 77-94. 

    Selected Conference Presentations and Research Activity

    “Visiones del yo: La producción de la identidad propia en el hip-hop de Velcro.”   Connecticut chapter of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and         Portuguese, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, October  29, 2011.


    Performing to Live in the Neoliberal Age: Individualism and Collectivism in El   Clown.” Latin American Studies Association Congress, Toronto, October       6-9, 2010.


    “Remixing the Motherland: Representations of the Homeland in Immigrant Hip                             Hop by Sietenueve and 113.” Voices from the In-Between Conference. U                           of Massachusetts-Amherst. April 16-18, 2010.   


    “The Yola’s Revenge: Dominican-Rican Voices in the Puerto Rican            Underground.” Latin American Studies Association Conference. Rio de        Janeiro. June 11-15, 2009.


    "From the Weary Blues to Motivos de Son and Back: The Early Ballad of                                      Langston Hughes and Nicolás Guillén." American Comparative Literature                              Association Conference. University of Harvard. March 26-29, 2009.


     “Licking the Wounds: Trauma and Self-Treatment in Migdalia Cruz’s Miriam’s                            Flowers and Salt,” Latin American Theatre Today Conference.                                              VirginiaTech,  March 26-29, 2008.


                "Hemispheric Cultures, Knowledge, and Identity: Trans-Border Imaginings"                                  (workshop and panel). Re-Thinking the Latin@ Intellectual Ecology                             Conference. University on Connecticut. October 12, 2007.


    Performance Art Workshop with Guillermo Gómez Peña and La Pocha Nostra.      University of Connecticut. October 7-9, 2007


    Attendance and filming of performances. “Tercer Simposio Nacional de Hip                                  Hop” Havana, Cuba. July 25-29, 2007 


    “Violence and Subjectivity in Brazilian Hip-Hop: Apropos of Rappin’ Hood and                           MV Bill.”  Society for the Study of Social Imagery and C.S.U Pueblo                          Conference on Violence. Colorado Springs, March 9, 2007.


                “Mayra Santos en Cualquier miércoles soy tuya:¿Qué es una autora en la era de la              representación globalizada?” Northeastern Modern Language Association.

                            March 6, 2006.