Israel Reyes

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Director of Fellowships, Office of the Provost

Israel Reyes is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College, the former Chair of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program, and holds an Adjunct Appointment with the Comparative Literature Program. He also serves as the Director of Fellowships in the Office of the Provost and organizes mentoring and professional development for a cohort of pre- and postdoctoral fellows. Professor Reyes teaches and conducts research on Latin American, Puerto Rican, and US Latinx literature and culture. He received his BA in Creative Writing and English from the University of Illinois-Chicago and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. His publications include his 2005 book, Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature, published by University Press of Florida, and scholarly articles on Judith Ortiz Cofer, Lalo Alcaraz, Nemesio Canales, Cristina García, Ana Lydia Vega, and Manuel Ramos Otero. He is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Embodied Economies: Diaspora and Transcultural Capital in Hispanic Caribbean Fiction and Theater, which examines upward mobility and the material and bodily practices that emerge as part of the diasporic experience.

318 Dartmouth Hall
HB 6072
Comparative Literature
Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Spanish and Portuguese
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Selected Publications

Book: Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

"Memory and Culinary Nostalgia in Cuban American Performance and Memoir." Des/memorias: Culturas y prácticas mnemónicas en América Latina y el Caribe. Eds. Adriana López-Labourdette, Silvia Spitta, and Valeria Wagner. Barcelona: Linkgua (2016): 193-212.

"Politics of Humor." Encyclopedia of Latinas and Latinos in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements. Eds. Deena J. González and Susanne Oboler. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2015)

"Barrio, Body, Beat: Tato Laviera and the Holistic Rhythm of Mestizaje." The AmeRican Poet: Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera.  Eds. Stephanie Alvarez and William Luis. New York: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2014. 184-96.

“La frontera que embizca: Las caricaturas políticas de Lalo Alcaraz”  Revista Iberoamericana. 57.234 (2011): 195-211. 

“Migration and Ethnic Humor in Ana Lydia Vega’s ‘Pollito Chicken.’”  Invited book chapter for Cross Currents: Building Bridges across American and Nigerian Studies.  Ed. Judith Byfield.  Ibadan, Nigeria: BookBuilders, 2009. 15-31.

“Transnational Bodies, Queer Borders: The Challenge of Latin American and Latino/a Sexual Identities,” Latin American Studies Association Forum , 37:3 (Summer 2006) 18-20.

"Recuerdos «parciales» y el closet de la literatura: Ficción y autobiografía de Judith Ortiz Cofer. La Revista Iberoamericana. Eds. Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez and Frances Aparicio. 71.212 (2005): 847-64.

“Comedy and Humor.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Deena J. González and Susanne Oboler. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2005).

“De-facing Cuba: Translating and Transfiguring Cristina García’s The Agüero Sisters.” Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. Eds. Daniel Balderston and Marcy Schwartz. Albany: SUNY (2002) 224-34.

“La sabiduría de la mujer en la obra de Nemesio Canales.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 26.54 (2001): 111-28.

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Works in progress

Book manuscript: Embodied Economies: Diaspora and Transcultural Capital in Hispanic Caribbean Fiction and Theater

Article manuscript: "Crisis, Colonialism, and Cultural Labor in Puerto Rican Fiction and Film"

Article manuscript: "Gamaliel Ramírez: A Puerto Rican Artist Lost in a Sea of Flags"