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, 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. 

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' (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 values of
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 Fall are: 

HSST 1001H: Introduction to Spanish I, HSST 2501H: Intermediate Spanish I, HSST 2952H:
Spanish-American Culture and Civilization, HSST 3152H: Spanish-American Film and
Literature, and 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. 


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


Entre la efervescencia y la ruptura de un espacio de placer en Salón de belleza de Mario Bellatin, Andex. Revista de Estudios Literarios y Culturales. Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Sede Ecuador (2014)

Este articulo analiza la novela Salón de belleza (1994) de Mario Bellatin desde un punto...



Una mirada histórica y cultural del movimiento LGBTTTI mexicano, Romance Notes. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014)


La creación de la comunidad gay en la escritura de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Hipertexto: Online Journal of The University of Texas-Pan American (2013)


Identificación, deseo y prostitución en El desconocido de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Divergencias: Revista de Estudios lingüísticos y literarios de la Universidad de Arizona (2012)

Invited Talks Presenter

Rethinking Gender: Mema's House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Department of Anthropology (2015)


Queer Mexico: Reflections on Literature, History, and Culture, KPU Faculty of Arts Speaker Series 3 (2015)


¿Qué hay detrás de los personajes gays en la literatura mexicana?, Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro Campus S.J.R (2014)

Conference Presentations


Teaching Spanish is more than Conjugating Verbs: The Use of Technology in the Canadian Classroom, 10th National Conference of Mexican Graduate Students and Researchers in Canada (2015)


Pégame pero no me dejes: la disputa entre el espacio buga y el gay en Quizás no entendí (1997) de Gerardo Guiza Lemus, Queering Paradigms V: Queering Narratives of Modernity. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO-Ecuador (2014)

Teniendo en cuenta el trasfondo del SIDA y “pasado el susto” como se expresara el...



El relato autobiográfico en la novela gay mexicana: el caso de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, XLIX Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas - University of Victoria (2013)