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, 2017 the Latin American Studies Association’s Latino Studies Section Outstanding Dissertation Award, the 2018 Biennial Puerto Rican Studies Association Dissertation Award, and was Columbia University’s sole nominee, from all Humanities and Fine Arts dissertations filed between 2015-2017, for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.
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.
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.
“Critical Introduction,” Bilingual edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s Trópico en Manhattan, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series, Arte Público Press at the University of Houston, Forthcoming (April 2019).
“The Early Latinx Camp Aesthetics of Pedro Caballero’s Paca Antillana (1931),” Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities, special issue of CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 30.2 (Summer 2018): 42-63.
“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): 33-46.
“Voices That Challenge Views: On Nuyorican Poet’s Aesthetic Radicalisms.” Book Review. TheNACLA Report 47:3 (Fall 2014): 72-4.
“On Thinking Cruelty: An Interview with Jean Franco.” American Quarterly 66:3 (September 2014): 791-800.