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About Gema Pérez-Sánchez

Gema Pérez-Sánchez is Associate Professor of Spanish at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Miami (UM). She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University (1998); an M.A. in English Literature from Bucknell University (1992); and a B.A. in Music Performance (Flute) from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Spain (1990). Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish narrative and film, cultural studies, immigration studies, and queer theory. She is the author of the book Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to la movida (SUNY Press 2007). She is currently finishing a second book, Perilous Strai(gh)ts: Immigration, Sexuality, and Race in Contemporary Spanish Culture, in which she analyzes the intersection of racism, xenophobia, and homophobia in contemporary Spanish films and narrative that depict Sub-Saharan African and Maghrebian immigrants. Her third book project—tentatively titled Queer In/Visibilities: Literary and Visual Public Interventions in Twenty-First Century Spain—analyzes how the work of contemporary LGBTQI Spanish photographers and writers of the early 2000s actively intervened and affected contemporary debates about sexual minorities’ legal rights. Her research has appeared in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Iberoamericana, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Hispamérica; The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Letras Femeninas; and several essay collections. She was a 2009-2010 founding Fellow at UM’s Center for the Humanities and has received numerous grants to conduct research in Spain. She teaches literary theory and Spanish literature and culture courses for her department at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Queer Studies courses for undergraduates at the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has been nominated three times for the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching Award and was a recipient of this award on 2005.


Present Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Miami
Present Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami

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