Elizabeth Villalobos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Elizabeth Villalobos

Summary

Elizabeth Villalobos studies Latin American literature and the contemporary cultural production of Mexico and its border regions. She has conducted research on border studies and human rights in Mexico, Argentina and Germany, and presented her work in various national and international congresses of literature, theater, cinema and performance studies. Her research focuses on the interdisciplinary analysis of cultural representations of neoliberal violence in narratives of northern and southern border regions of Mexico. Her work has appeared in national and international scholarly publications. She has worked as an editorial assistant of the Latin American Theatre Review and taught Spanish in several universities in the United States and Spain.

Research interests:

  • Latin American literature and human rights
  • 20th and 21st century Mexican literature
  • Necropolitics and neoliberalism
  • Theater and film studies
  • Border studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Performance studies

Courses taught:

  • SPAN 226, Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
  • SPAN 227, Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • SPAN 306, Spanish Composition II
  • SPAN 356, Masterworks of Spanish American Literature 1850-Present
  • SPAN 440, Seminar Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 484/684, Spanish American Literature

Publications

  • “Espectros del feminicidio: Liminalidad y producción del espacio social en Lomas de Poleo (morir con las alas plegadas) de Edeberto Pilo Galindo.” (“Specters of Feminicide: Neoliberalism, Liminality, and the Social Production of Space in Lomas de Poleo (morir con las alas plegadas) by Edeberto Galindo.”) iMex Revista– México Interdisciplinario/Interdisciplinary Mexico, vol. 16, no. 2, 2019, pp. 55-67.
  • “La rapada: Masculinidad femenina y agencialismo distópico en La fila india de Antonio Ortuño.” New Borders/Nuevas Fronteras, vol. 11, no. 1, 2019, pp. 165-189.
  • “Cartografías corporales: la violencia travesti como recodificación de la masculinidad en la frontera del sur de México en “¿Te gusta el látex, cielo?” de Nadia Villafuerte.” (Corporal Cartographies: Transvestite violence as recodification of masculinity in the Southern Border of Mexico in “¿Te gusta el látex, cielo?” by Nadia Villafuerte.”) Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana, vol. 45, no. 1, 2016, pp. 44-55.

Education

  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Kansas, 2014
  • M.A., Spanish, San Diego State University, 2007
  • B.A., Social Science and Spanish, San Diego State University, 2004