- PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, University of California, Santa Barbara BA, University of South Florida
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- The Pocket Park Garden
- David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature, comparative ethnic American literature, critical race theory, environmental justice, ecocriticism, and 20th Century U.S. Literature. He is the co-editor with Sarah D. Wald, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray of Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple 2019). Latinx Environmentalisms maps the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and political justice. His first book Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity (Minnesota 2011), explores how Latina/o authors in late twentieth-century America employ the coordinates of ideas of self in autobiographical texts to find their way to new, complex identities. Vázquez's other publications have appeared in the journals Symbolism, Latino Studies, CENTRO, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, and in the collections the Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature (Routledge, 2012) and Erasing Public Memory: Race, Aesthetics and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas (Mercer, 2007). He is currently co-editing (with Hsuan Hsu) a special issue of The Journal of Transnational American Studies, entitled "The Molecular Intimacies of Empire." Vázquez is also working on a monograph, tentatively titled "Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Culture" that places a constellation of ideas around genre, 20th- and 21st-century experimental Latina/o/x novels, film, and visual art and environmental justice into conversation.
AMST-225 Topics in American Studies: Latinx Cultures & Imaginations