About Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio, Ph.D

Juan Carlos is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada). He received his doctorate from Western University in Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Mexican Literature that deals with the topic of male homosexuality. In addition to that, he holds a certificate in Sexuality, Culture and Society from the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Literature & English from Texas A&M University-Commerce in the USA.

Dr. Rocha Osornio's teaching experience in Canada and abroad includes: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, British Columbia), Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, British Columbia), Western University (London, Ontario), and Texas A&M University (Commerce, Texas, USA). He has also taught in Querétaro, México, where he is originally from.

Juan Carlos is the author of his most recent book El espacio torcido en la narrativa mexicana de temática homosexual masculina (1977-1997) (Madrid: Verbum Editores, 2015), where he examines how the narratives of Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Luis Zapata, Mario Bellatin, and Gerardo Guiza Lemus recreate what he calls "Espacio Torcido" (Queer Space) in which they aim (some more than others) at questioning and deconstructing the valuesof the heteronormative system: ambiguity, pleasure, rupture, and the quest for legitimacy compose this space. While each author takes a different approach, it can be said that they all participate in the construction of the history of the gay community in Mexico as seen in the latter part of the XX century: 1977-1997.

Currently, he serves his second term as the Vice president of the Confederation of Mexican Graduate Students and Researchers in Canada (CEIMEXCAN). He is also a journal reviewer for Universitas Humanística: Revista de antropología y sociología (Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Cultures and Societies sections) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia). In the recent past, he served as President of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Two-Spirited Committee at the Kwantlen Faculty Association during his teaching term at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014-2015.

His current courses at Trent University this Winter 2016 semester are:

HSST 1001H: Introduction to Spanish I,
HSST 2502H: Intermediate Spanish II,
HSST 2951H: Spanish Culture and Civilization,
HSST 3152H: Spanish Film and Literature: A Look at Books and Films that Shaped a Country
HSST 4900Y: Hispanic Literatures of Immigration and Exile

Should you have any questions pertaining to his teaching experience and research expertise, do not hesitate to get in touch with him.


Present Vice President, Confederation of Mexican Graduate Students and Researchers (CEIMEXCAN)
August 2015 Present Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Trent University ‐ Department of Modern Languages



Research Interests

Modern Latin American Literature, Mexican Literature, Queer Studies, Mexican Gay Literature, Gender and Sexuality

Honors and Awards

  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada), 2009-2013
  • Entrance Hispanic Studies Grant, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) 2009
  • Award for Excellence in the Role of Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Hispanic Studies Program Sep 2011-Apr 2012
  • Recipient of Graduate Student Teaching Award 2011-2012 by the Society of Graduate Students SOGS.


  • Introductory Spanish
  • Spanish for Beginners at The University of Western Ontario
  • Intermediate Spanish at The University of Western Ontario
  • Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Culture and Society at The University of Western Ontario (Winter 2013)
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Participated in the seminar Interdisciplinary Queer Studies in a Global Frame by Judith (Jack) Halberstam in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 24th, 2012

Contact Information

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 
Trent University 
1600 West Bank Drive 
Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA
K9J 7B8
Ph (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7177


Books (1)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (5)

Invited Talks Presenter (8)

Conference Presentations (21)

Organized Cultural Events (1)