Spanish: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern Language Studies: Assistant Professor of Modern Language Studies
Michael Martínez-Raguso’s research approaches Mexican-U.S. border studies through political theory, and Latin American and Latinx feminism though issues related to gender violence. His book project, “Image, Violence, and the Feminine,” examines violence against women as the basis of both official and unofficial state formations in Latin America, and combines literary and visual studies in its critique of the femicide crisis in the Mexican-U.S. borderlands.
His courses on Latin American and Latinx literature and cultural studies explore themes of immigration, gender and sexuality, race and indigeneity, representations of violence, and theoretical approaches to literary analysis. Spanish language courses for L2 learners as well as heritage speakers incorporate cultural studies into the curriculum, such that students build linguistic competence while gaining awareness of issues related to human rights and social justice.
Martínez-Raguso studied philosophy and classical civilization as an undergraduate before pursuing Latin American Studies and critical theory in graduate school. Prior to joining the faculty of modern languages at Lycoming, he taught at Williams College and Colby College.
- “The Decolonial Sign: Gender and the Critique of Universality.” Unsettling Coloniality, special issue of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, edited by Abraham Acosta, vol. 6, no. 1, 2018, pp. 86-106.
- “All of the work, with none of the workers’: The Technology of Consumption in Sleep Dealer.” Future Humans in Fiction and Film, edited by Louisa MacKay Demerjian and Karen F. Stein, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, pp. 116-130.
- “Fantasies of Erasure: A New Reading of Luisa Valenzuela’s ‘Cambio de armas.’” Letras Femeninas, vol. 41, no. 2, 2016, pp. 67-81.