Justin Read


Justin Read.

Justin Read


Justin Read


Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Scholarly Interests

Urbanization and Modernization of Latin America since 1850; Critical Border Studies; Political Theory; Latin American Cultural Theory; Post-Humanism and Media Theory; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde; Argentina; Brazil; Mexico

  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002
  • MA, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
  • AB, Latin American Studies, A.B., English, University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Selected Publications


  •           The Post-Historical Frontier (book manuscript in preparation).
  •          “The Silva: Composition, Decomposition and Recomposition in Latin American Poetry and Politics.” Teaching Modern Latin American Poetries (MLA Options Series), ed. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. 2020. 43-59.
  •          “Speculative Non-Fiction and Post-Factual Latin America: The Non-Anthropomorphic and Non-Identitarian World of Vilém Flusser.” Paradoxa, Vol. 30 (2018). Special issue on “Latin American Speculative Fiction” edited by Debra Castillo and Liliana Colanzi. 121-136.
  •          “Obverse Colonization: São Paulo, Global Urbanization, and the Poetics of the Latin American City” (Re-edition).  Latin American Cultural Studies:  A Reader, ed. Jens Andermann, Ben Bollig, Lorraine Leu, Daniel Mosquera, Rory O’Bryen, David M. J. Wood.  London:  Routledge, 2017. 297-316.
  •          “Martial Arts in Argentina: Futurism, Fascism, and Leopoldo Lugones.” International Yearbook of Futurist Studies, Vol. 7 (2017): 136-157.    

Courses Taught

  • Latin American Short Story
  • Latin American Poetry
  • Dictatorship and Violence in Latin America
  • Latin American Social Movements
  • Latin American Critical Theory (Graduate)
  • Borders and Migration in Latin America (Graduate)

Recent Awards and Grants

  • Grants for “Fluid Culture” Arts and Lecture Series (with Prof. Colleen Culleton), 2011-12: Baird Foundation, Erie Canal Harbor Redevelopment Corporation, Microsoft Research, New York Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant, UB Office of the Provost, UB Office of the Vice Provost for Research


  • Editorial Board, Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana
  • Co-Founding Member, Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium
  • Member: American Comparative Literature Association, Latin American Studies Association, Modern Language Association