Guadalupe Escobar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and English; Graduate Director and Graduate Advisor, GRI
Guadalupe Escobar


Guadalupe Escobar holds a joint faculty position in English and Gender, Race, and Identity. Her highly interdisciplinary work focuses on contemporary literature of the Americas and, in particular, transamerican decolonial expression in the context of U.S. intervention and its aftermath. Her current book project, Decolonial Witnessing: Testimonial Afterlives in the Contemporary Americas, examines testimonio, a Latin American genre linked to a plurality of human rights, in its traditional form (life writing) and its innovative modalities (performance, music, and film) since the Cold War. Before arriving at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University. Dr. Escobar received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award to support research in Mexico and the Philippines during summer 2022. Currently, she is serving on the MLA Executive Committee for Hemispheric American Literature.

Courses taught

  • Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Latina Feminisms
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender, Literature, and the Arts
  • Race and Gender in Coming-of-Age Narratives
  • U.S. Writers of Color

Research interests

  • Hemispheric American studies
  • Chicanx and Latinx studies
  • Critical ethnic studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Life writing
  • Documentary filmmaking


  • “Rethinking Refugeeness in Diasporic Documentaries” in Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, ed. Gloria Chacón and Mónica Albizúrez (New York: Modern Language Association of America, forthcoming).
  • "Testimonio at 50." Latin American Perspectives 48.2 (March 2021): 17-32.
  • "Toward a Willful Rereading of The Revolt of the Cockroach People." Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 44.1 (Spring 2019): 53-82.


  • Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
  • M.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
  • B.A., English, Philosophy (Law & Society) and Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 2004