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Licia Fiol-Matta
Position: Professor and Chair of the Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies Department, Lehman College, CUNY, and faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Campus Affiliation: Lehman College
Research Interests: Latin American literary and cultural studies; Gender and sexuality studies; Critical theory; music.
Licia Fiol-Matta received an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.  Before joining CUNY in 2003, she taught at Barnard College.  She has taught graduate courses at Columbia University and New York University.  Her research has focused on the intersection of gender, culture and nation in twentieth century Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US Latino population.  She bridges several fields and employs diverse methodologies, principally archival research, psychoanalytic theory, and discursive analysis.  Her work is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on literature, media, and music.  Professor Fiol-Matta is appointed to the Graduate Center as a member of the doctoral faculty of the Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Languages and Literatures Department. She is series editor of New Direction in Latin American Cultures, a cutting-edge book series at Palgrave/Macmillan, with over thirty titles published.  The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Fiol-Matta previously taught at Barnard College.  She is currently serving her second term as elected Chairperson of the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies. 

Selected Publications:
  • The Great Woman Singer. Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music. Forthcoming 2016, Duke University Press.
  • "Queer/Sexualities." In Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, and Marisa Belausteguigoitia, eds., Critical Terms in Latin American and Caribbean Thought. Palgrave, 2015
  • Las Américas Quarterly. Special issue. American Quarterly 66:3 (September 2014). Co-editor.
  • The Puerto Rico Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press. Under contract. Co-editor.
  • “A Queer Mother for the Nation Redux: Gabriela Mistral in the Twenty-First Century.” Queering Archives. Special issue. Radical History Review 120 (Fall 2014): 35-51
  • “The Thinking Voice. When Listening Trumps Celebrity.” Theories and Methodologies: Celebrity, Notoriety, Fame. PMLA 126: 4 (October 2011) 1092–1101
  • "Camina como Chencha: La ética cínica de Myrta Silva". Papel máquina. Revista de cultura, 2:4, 121-141 (2010)
  • “Chencha’s Gait.” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 18:3 (November 2008) 287 – 301
  • “Visions of Gender: Sor Juana and the First Dream.” Nepantla: Views from South 4:2 (July 2003) 345-374
  • A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002
  • “Pop Latinidad: Puerto Ricans in the Latin Explosion, 1999.” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies XIV: 1 (Spring 2002), 26-51
Courses taught at the Graduate Center:
ACSP 81500 Encountering Latin America
SPA 87100 Music’s Letter: Latin American Literature and Acoustic Thought
SPA 70200 Spanish Literary Theory
SPA 87100 Contemporary Caribbean Literature
SPA 87100 Cuban Literature: Republic, Revolution, Globalization