The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Latino Research Institute Fellows (2018–2019)

Laura Lomas



Project Title: In Between States: Lourdes Casal, Interstitial Subjects and the Emergence of the Interdisciplines"

“My book proposes to show how this Cuban migrant poet and social psychologist helped launch the interdisciplinary fields at the vanguard of the humanities today”

“Focusing on Casal as, in her own words, a "stranger between the stones" and an arrivant "immune to all returns," this book brings into focus the watershed of 1965, after which the largest number of migrants have entered the United States in the country's history, when a discourse of Latinxs as "illegal" or "bad migrants" has proliferated and when Latinx became the "largest minority.”

Laura Lomas is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she is affiliated with the Program in Women's and Gender Studies and the Graduate Program in American Studies.

Lomas co-edited, with John Morán González, the Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature (2018, a Choice "outstanding academic title"), and her book, Translating Empire: Migrant Latino Subjects, José Martí and American Modernities (2009), won the Modern Language Association prize in US Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Lomas received her PhD at Columbia University and has published twenty-five essays and book chapters in Travesía: Journal of Latin American Studies; Review: Latin American Arts and Culture; American Literature; Small Axe; Cuban Studies; ans Translation Review. She co-founded and co-Directed the Immigrant Rights Collective, the Latina/o Studies Working Group and she served as Director of Women's and Gender Studies and of a study-abroad program she founded in Havana, Cuba. Lomas serves on the Boards of the Recovering the US-Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, of Peripherica: Journal of Social, Cultural and Literary History, and of the Hostos Review.

Lomas received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has had Fulbright Fellowships at the Universidad Nacional Mayor San Marcos in Lima, Perú; and the University of the West Indies.

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