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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) and the guest editor, with Brenna Munro, of a special issue of S&F Onlineon the topic of “Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally.” She is currently completing a second book, “Transnational Queer Affects, Homonormativity, and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture,” which illuminates and subjects to an interdisciplinary critiquethe Spanish government’s strong support for LGBT “homonormative” rights as it simultaneously implements conservative, racist immigration policies directed at brown and black immigrant bodies from North and Sub-Saharan Africa. In this book, Pérez-Sánchez analyzes attempts at “pinkwashing” in Spain and shows how the contradictions inherent in the intersection of this agenda with anti-immigration attitudes are addressed in the work of progressive writers and visual artists who nevertheless represent queer and immigration issues with a disturbing degree of ambivalence. 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 University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities and has received numerous grants to conduct research at archives in Spain and the USA. 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

Curriculum Vitae


2018 - 2018 Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant.
Cornell University Library’s Human Sexuality Collection and the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation.
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P.O. Box 248093
Coral Gables, FL 33124-2074