Justin Read


Justin Read.

Justin Read


Justin Read


Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Scholarly Interests

Urbanization and Modernization of Latin America since 1850; Space, Place and Political Subjectivity, focused primarily on Argentina, Brazil and Mexico; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde

  • 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


  • Buenos Aires and the Birth of the Non-Subject (book manuscript in preparation).
  • “People, Multitudes, and Developmentalist Hegemony in the Brazilian Street.” Forthcoming, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 2016.
  • “Martial Arts in Argentina: The Non-Futurist Futurism of Leopoldo Lugones.” Forthcoming, International Yearbook of Futurist Studies, 2017.
  • “Esteban Echeverría y la liquidación del contrato social.” Cuaderno de Literatura39 (Enero-Junio 2016): 165-190.
  • “Re-Mapping the Space Between:  Sovereignty, Globalization, and Media Representation in Rio de Janeiro.” Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban. Ed. Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. Pages 157-184.

Courses Taught

  • Latin American Short Story
  • Latin American Poetry
  • Dictatorship and Violence in Latin America
  • Latin American Social Movements
  • Latin American Critical Theory (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
  • Editorial Board, Monograph Series, Open Human Press
  • Co-Founding Member, Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium
  • Member: American Comparative Literature Association, Latin American Studies Association, Modern Language Association