Israel Reyes

Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

  • Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

  • Director of Fellowships, Office of the Provost

Israel Reyes is a Professor and current Chair 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 two books, Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature (University Press of Florida 2005) and Embodied Economies: Diaspora and Transcultural Capital in Latinx Caribbean Fiction and Theater (Rutgers University Press 2022). He has published scholarly articles on Judith Ortiz Cofer, Lalo Alcaraz, Nemesio Canales, Cristina García, Ana Lydia Vega, and Manuel Ramos Otero. He is currently working on a book project on Puerto Rican visual and performance cultures on Chicago's Paseo Boricua.


Dartmouth Hall, Room 301E
HB 6072


Spanish and Portuguese


  • 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.

  • Book: Embodied Economies: Diaspora and Transcultural Capital in Latinx Caribbean Fiction and Theater. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2022.

  • "Memory in Motion: UrbanTheater Company's Back in the Day and the Chicago Latinx Dance Crews of the 1980s." Latin American Theatre Review 55.1 (2021): 103-132.

  • "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.

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Works In Progress

Book manuscript: Between Two Flags: Puerto Rican Visual and Performance Cultures on Chicago's Paseo Boricua