Ximena pic
Spanish and Portuguese

Research Areas

In her research, Ximena explores the representation of liminal subjecthoods in Latin American and U.S American literature and film. Her studies employ interdisciplinary theoretical approaches, which include border studies, queer theory and gender studies.

Teaching and Research Interests

20th and 21st C. Latin American literature and film, contemporary Latin@ literature in the United States, race and gender studies, latin@ studies, feminist and queer theories.

Dissertation Title

  • "Embodying the In-between: Queer Subjecthoods and Imagined Be-comings in Transamerican Narrative and Film"


Publications in Poetry

  • “Dulce Naranja” (I and II) in Kórima Press’s Anthology of Queer Latina Voices (forthcoming).
  • “The Sting Thereafter” in Le Petit Press’s Mo(u)rning Anthology (forthcoming 2017).
  • “Invitación” in the Chiricú Journal on Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, Spring 2017.

Creative Writing Publications

  • Poems Dulce Naranja I y II. Jota Anthology. Kórima Press. (Forthcoming)
  • Poem “The Sting Thereafter.” Mo(u)rning Poetry Anthology. Le Petit Press. (Forthcoming)

Conference Presentations

  • (2017, March 30-April 2) “Beating Archives, How Latin@ Artists Build Spaces to Recordar.” Will present at the Annual PhiloSOPHIA Conference on Affect and Social Justice. Florida Atlantic University. Boca Ratón, Florida.
  • ​(2016, September 7-9). “Figurations of Birth and Becoming: On Loss and Embodied Fragmentation in Jill Soloway’s Transparent”. Presented at the Trans*Studies Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality. University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona.
  • (2015, November 6-8). “Beyond ‘Recognition’: Toward a politics of resistance and reclamation of historical memory in the UndocuQueer Movement”. Presented at the 2015 PAMLA Conference. Portland, Oregon.
  • ​(2015, March 26). “Claiming a Third Space: Negotiating the Self Through Body in Lucía Puenzo’s XXY”. Presented at the Annual American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Seattle, Washington.
  • (2015, February 19). “Dreaming a Radical Citizenship: How Undocumented Queers in the United States Configure Sites of Belonging and Being through Art and Media Technologies”. Presented at the Lozano Long Conference — Nuevas Disidencias: Youth Culture, Transnational Flows, and the Remaking of Politics in the Americas. University of Texas Austin.
  • (2014, February 27). “Espectros en fuga: La representación de deambulaciones identitarias y amorosas en los cuentos de This is How You Lose Her de Junot Díaz”. Presented at XXIX Biennial Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Baton Rouge, LA.
  • (2013, November 1). “Viajando ‘adentro’: Sobre los juicios, reflexiones, e inevitables paradojas en la narrativa de viaje de Gabriela Mistral”. Presented at the 2013 PAMLA Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • (2012, November 8). “Navigating In-between: Identity Under the Shadow of the Diaspora”. Presented at the In TRANS: Reading Between and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Department of Comparative Literature and Italian Specialization. CUNY, New York.
  • (2012, April 14). “Resucitando la voz del mestizo: Una mirada a la obra anónima De las costumbres antiguas de los naturales del Pirú” Presented at the annual Graduate Student Conference: Framing Narrative. University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • (2012, March 23). “Entre espejos y espejismos: Una mirada al escenario teatral de El comedor de la pensión Venecia de Joaquín Arderíus.” Presented at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures: Visual Reading: Images, Perspective, and the Text. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • (2011, Oct. 21). “De rebeldías y marginaciones: La construcción del bandido en Cuentos andinos y Nuevos cuentos andinos.” Presented at the (des)articulaciones Graduate Student Conference. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Panel Presentations and Workshops 

  • (2016, October 5) When There is No Box to Check: Experiences of People with Non Binary Identities across Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality. University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • ​(2016, March 14) “Latina Feminisms”. Sugar-Free Feminism: Chicana/Latina Panel, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. University of Colorado Boulder.
  • (2016, January 25) “Queer Coalitions: Towards a Practice of Unlearning to Re-imagine”. Critical Consciousness Series. Naropa University. Boulder, CO.
  • (2015, November 10) “Building the Road Map: Educate, Inspire, Empower and Transform”. CU Boulder Diversity and Inclusion Summit. University of Colorado Boulder.
  • (2014, November 11) “What Does Feminism Mean Now? Intersectionality and Marginalization Within the Movement”. CU Boulder Diversity and Inclusion Summit. University of Colorado Boulder.