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Cristina Rhodes 

Office: DHC 107


PhD, Texas A&M University - Commerce (2018)

MA, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2016)

BA, Longwood University (2013)

Teaching Interests: 

  • Latinx Studies and Literature 
  • Magical Realism
  • Ethnic Studies and Literature 
  • Social Justice
  • Diverse Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • Contemporary American Literature 

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

  • ENG 213: Writing and Research about Literature 
  • ENG 358: Ethnic Literature
  • ENG 370: Queer Studies
  • ENG  445: Special Topics (Latinx Youth and Their Literatures)

Current Projects:

In addition to several articles on Latinx youth activism, the day of the dead, and multi-ethnic children's literature, I've been working on a monograph about fantastic bodily transformations in Latinx children's and young adult literature. This project is tentatively titled Speculative Bodies and the Transformative Possibilities of Latinx Youth Literature. 

Featured Publications: 

“Carmelita Torres and Bodies of Resistance: Reclaiming Young Latinas’ Bodies within Hegemonic Discourse.” Latino Studies (forthcoming)

“Imagining the Future: The (Im)Possibilities of Queerness in Two Latinx Speculative Young Adult Novels.” Label Me Latino/a (2021)

“Corporeal, Phenomenological, and Activist Transformations in Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (2021)

“Processes of Transformation: Theorizing Activism and Change through Gloria Anzaldúa’s Picture Books,” Children’s Literature in Education (2020)

“‘Seemingly on the inside ... but really on the outside’: Reading for Mirrors in Mexican Whiteboy,” Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (2018) 

“Constructing the Twentieth-Century Child: Postcolonial Retellings of Estevanico from Cabeza de Vaca’s  La Relación,”  Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures (2017)

“Female Empowerment and Undocumented Border-Crossing in Bettina Restrepo’s  Illegal,” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature (2017)


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