José R. Flores

Jose FloresVisiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Academic History

Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., University of Texas-Pan American, 2012
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2008

Academic Interests

Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture; Latin American Literature; Critical Race Studies; Cultural Studies; Border Studies; Chicana/o Literary History. 


José Flores earned his Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis on Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature and culture from Arizona State University in 2017. His research focuses on race politics and identity formation in U.S. Latina/o and Latin American literature. His dissertation, “Raza especulativa: reimaginando el discurso racial en la narrativa chicana (1970–2010),” examined how contemporary ideologies of race and “colorblind” discourse are deployed, reproduced, and reimagined in Chicana/o literature.

Previously, he studied at the University of California, Irvine, receiving a double BA in Spanish and Chicano/Latino Studies in 2008. In 2012, he received an MA in Spanish from the University of Texas-Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley).

Professional Activity


“Waking the Sleeping Giant: Mestizaje, Ideology, and the Post-Cyberpunk Poetics of Carlos Miralejos’ Texas 2077. Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture. Ed. Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and Ben V. Olguín. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, April 2017. 

El estado de Arizona”. Puentes: Revista méxico-chicana de literatura, cultura y arte. Tempe, Arizona. Número 12. May 2018.