Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty: Licia Fiol-Matta, Chair

E-mail Address: licia.fiol-matta@lehman.cuny.edu
Phone Number: 718-960-7109
Office: Carman Hall, 288
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Princeton Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Yale Univ.


Academic Interests:

Hispanophone Caribbean literary and cultural studies; Latin American Postcolonial Literature; Women’s/Gender Studies; US Latino; Queer Theory; Popular Culture; Music; American Studies

Research

Professor Fiol-Matta's research has focused on the intersection of gender, culture and nation in twentieth century Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US Latino population. She bridges several fields and employs diverse methodologies, principally archival research, psychoanalytic theory, and discursive analysis. Her work is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on literature, media, and music.

Honors

  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2009-10, “The Politics of Voice: Gender and Popular Music in Puerto Rico, 1935-1995”
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2008-9, “The Politics of Voice: Gender and Popular Music in Puerto Rico, 1935-1995”
  • Puerto Rican Diaspora Grant, CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, City University of New York, Latin Music: Gender Narratives, Female Figurations, Spring 2007
  • The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection Travel Grant, May 2006, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, Latin Music: Gender Narratives, Female Figurations
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award 2006-2007, “Latin American Women Writers, Exile, and Cultural Power”
  • Puerto Rican Diaspora Grant, CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, City University of New York, Latin Music: Gender Narratives, Female Figurations, Spring 2006
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Research Award. For sabbatical leave, 2005-6, “Remembering Cuba: Memory and Loss in Lydia Cabrera”
  • Scholar Incentive Award, City University of New York, for sabbatical leave, 2005-6, “Remembering Cuba: Memory and Loss in Lydia Cabrera”
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2005-2006. “Latin American Women Writers, Exile, and Cultural Power”
  • Faculty Fellows Publication Program, City University of New York. Spring 2005. To complete initial chapter of “Remembering Cuba: Memory and Loss in Lydia Cabrera”
  • George N. Shuster Fellowship, Lehman College. For travel to the Lydia Cabrera Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Publications

  • The Politics of Voice: Gender and Popular Music in Puerto Rico, 1935-1995. Forthcoming, Duke University Press.
  • “The Thinking Voice. When Listening Trumps Celebrity.” Theories and Methodologies: Celebrity, Notoriety, Fame. PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association), 126: 4 (October 2011) 1092–1101
  • "Camina como Chencha: La ética cínica de Myrta Silva". Papel máquina. Revista de cultura, 2:4, 121-141 (2010)
  • A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002
  • “Chencha’s Gait.” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 18:3 (November 2008) 287 – 301
  • “Visions of Gender: Sor Juana and the First Dream.” Nepantla: Views from South 4:2 (July 2003) 345-374
  • “Pop Latinidad: Puerto Ricans in the Latin Explosion, 1999.” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies XIV: 1 (Spring 2002), 26-51
  • “Memoria y diáspora en Lydia Cabrera.” Forthcoming, Revista Iberoamericana

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