Cristina Pérez Jiménez

Assistant Professor, English

Cristina Pérez Jiménez (Ph.D. 2016, Columbia University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Manhattan College. She specializes in Hispanic Caribbean and U.S. Latino/a literatures and cultures, with a strong subspecialty in theories of race and ethnicity, as well as transnational and diaspora studies. She is the recipient of the 2016 Bancroft Dissertation Prize. 


  • Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2016.
  • M.Phil. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2014.
  • M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2011.
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2009, with high honors.
  • B.A. in English, Manhattanville College, 2006, summa cum laude.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 150: Roots: Literature
  • ENGL 212: Latino/Latina Literature
  • ENGL 306: Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENGL 348: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 380: Ethnic American Literature
  • Research

    Research areas include: U.S. Latino/a literatures and cultures; Afro-Latino/a studies; Hispanic Caribbean literatures and cultures, esp. Puerto Rico; the postcolonial Caribbean; Critical Race Theory, esp. comparative race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the Caribbean; U.S. ethnic history; Transnational and Diaspora studies.

    Her current book project explores the emergence of a distinctive New York Latino cultural identity during the sociopolitical conjuncture of the 1930s and 1940s through appropriations of the era’s transnational frameworks, including proletarian fraternalism, Pan-Americanism and anti-fascism.  

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • “Flaunting Blackness, Performing Queerness: The Early Latinx Camp Aesthetics of Pedro Caballero’s Paca Antillana (1931),” Forthcoming. 
    • “From the archives: On two ‘lost’ poems by Julia de Burgos.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 29.2 (Summer 2017): 76-91.
    • CENTRO Journal: Three Decades of Struggle and Scholarship in Support of Puerto Rican Studies.” Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal 20:2 (October 2017).
    • “Voices That Challenge Views: On Nuyorican Poet’s Aesthetic Radicalisms.” Book Review. The NACLA Report 47:3 (Fall 2014): 72-4.
    • “On Thinking Cruelty: An Interview with Jean Franco.” American Quarterly 66:3 (September 2014): 791-800.


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • 2017 Columbia University GSAS’s Nominee for a CGS/Proquest Distiguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts category
    • 2017 Faculty Development Plan Grant, Manhattan College
    • 2016 Bancroft Dissertation Award, Columbia University
    • 2015-2016 GSAS Teaching Scholar, Columbia University
    • 2015-2016 Senior Lead Teaching Fellow, Columbia University
    • 2015 Ángel del Río Prize for best dissertation chapter, LAIC, Columbia University
    • 2015 LAIC Scholarly Writing Fellowship, Columbia University
    • 2014-2015 Lead Teaching Fellow, Columbia University
    • 2013 Chavkin Chang Global Core Fellowship, Columbia University
    • 2010-2016 Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University