Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Dr. Richard T. Rodríguez

Associate Professor of English, Latina/Latino Studies, and Criticism and Interpretive Theory

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Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley


Chicano Narrative (graduate seminar), Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literature, Critical Approaches to Literature, Gender and Sexuality in Latino/a Literature and Film, Introduction to Latina/o Studies, Latino Film and Video, Perspectives in Latina/o Studies (graduate seminar), Race and Masculinity in American Culture, The Poetics of Healing: William Carlos Williams and Rafael Campo, Writing Latino/a Chicago, Topics in LGBT Literature and Film, Proseminar on the Teaching of Literature

Research Interests

Contemporary American literature; Latino/a literature and culture; poetry; film and visual culture; gender and sexuality studies; race and ethnic studies; literary theory; cultural studies.

Selected Publications


  • Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

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Book Contributions

  • "The Locations of Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies." A Concise Companion to American Studies, ed. John Carlos Rowe. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2010. 190-209.
  • "Carnal Knowledge." Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, ed. Michael Hames-Garcia and Ernesto J. Martinez. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011. 113-140.
  • "The Verse of the Godfather." Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture and Chicana/o Sexualities, ed. Alicia Gaspar de Alba. New York: Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2003. 107-122.
  • "On the Subject of Gang Photography." [Reprint.] Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives, ed. Louis Kontos, David Brotherton, and Luis Barrios. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. 255-282.
  • "Making Queer Familia." The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, ed. Donald E. Hall and Annamarie Jagose. New York: Routledge, 2012. 324-332.
  • "Revealing Secret Identities: Gay Latino Superheroes and the Necessity of Disclosure." Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present and Future. Ed. Frederick L. Aldama and Christopher Gonzalez. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.
  • "The Aesthetics of Politics: Cultural Nationalist Movements and U.S. Latina/o Literature." The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature, ed. John M. Gonzalez. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • "Latino/a Queer Expressions." Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching, ed. Frederick L. Aldama. New York: Routledge, 2015. 32-40.


  • "Nashville Stylistics." PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art (#6). 2010. 25.

Journal Articles

  • "Glocal Matters: A Response to José E. Limón ." American Literary History 20.1-2 (2008): 183-186.
  • "Serial Kinship: Representing La Familia in Early Chicano Publications." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 27.1 (2002): 123-138.
  • "Queering the Homeboy Aesthetic." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 31.2 (2006): 127-137.
  • "Imagine a Brown Queer: Inscribing Sexuality in Chicano/a-Latino/a Literary and Cultural Studies." American Quarterly 59.2 (2007): 493-501.
  • "On the Subject of Gang Photography." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 25.1 (2000): 109-147.
  • "Intelligible/Unintelligible: A Two-Pronged Proposition for Queer Studies." (Review article.) American Literary History 23.1 (2011): 174-180.
  • "Being and Belonging: Joey Terrill's Performance of Politics." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 34.3 (2011): 467-491.
  • "Hip Hop Spice Boyz." Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 2.2 (2013): 140-143.
  • "Fantasy." Critical Ethnic Studies Journal 1.1 (2015): 95-100.
  • "The Architectures of Latino Sexuality." Social Text 33.2 (2015): 83-98.
  • "Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest." (with Martin F. Manalansan IV, Chantal Nadeau, and Siobhan B. Somerville) GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20.1-2 (2014): 1-12.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • "Facing the Data," co-edited (with a co-written introduction) with Ifeoma Nwankwo. Spec. iss. of Profession (2013): <>.
  • "Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest," co-edited with Martin Manalansan, Chantal Nadeau, and Siobhan Somerville. Spec. iss. of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20.1-2 (2014):


  • "Eugene Rodríguez: History Feeds the Soul." Eugene Rodríguez: The Middle of Somewhere. Artist Catalog, 2004.
  • "Gender, Genealogy, and Counter-Memory: Remembering Latina/o Cultural Histories." (Exhibition catalog essay.) Gender, Genealogy, and Counter-Memory. San José, CA: MACLA, 2001.
  • "The Power of the Erotic in Hector Silva ." The Homoerotic Art of Hector Silva. Artist Catalog, 2014.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Film in the United States." Mexico and the United States, ed. Lee Stacy. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2003.
  • "Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States, ed. Deena J. Gonzalez and Suzanne Oboler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • "Kid Frost." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States, ed. Deena J. Gonzalez and Suzanne Oboler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.


  • Rev. of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory, by Lázaro Lima. Latino Studies 6.3 (2008): 355-357.
  • Rev. of ¡Gaytino! (performance by Dan Guerrero.) Theatre Journal 59.2 (2007): 309-310.
  • Rev. of Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr., ed. Chon A. Noriega. Theatre Journal 52.1 (2000): 140-141.
  • Rev. of Orange County: A Personal History, by Gustavo Arellano. Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 34.2 (2009): 221-223.
  • "Live to Tell." Rev. of Queer Latino "Testimonio," Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails, by Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé. GLQ 15.4 (2009): 654-656.
  • Rev. of Border Renaissance by John Morán González and Mainland Passage by Ramón E. Soto-Crespo. American Literature 82.4 (2010): 839-841.
  • Rev. of Unspeakable Violence by Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández and Chicano Nations by Marissa K. López. American Literature 86.1 (2014):
  • "The Sense of Responsibility." Rev. of On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility, by Ernesto J. Martínez.GLQ 20.1-2 (2014): 201-203.
  • "Claiming What Is Ours." Rev. of Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum). Museum and Curatorial Studies Review 2.1 (2014): 69-75. <>.

Works in Progress

  • "Subject to Fantasy: Sexuality, Space, and the Politics of Latino Male Representation"; "Writing Latino/a Chicago: An Anthology."