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Justin Read

Associate Professor
913 Clemens Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2018 - on leave
(716) 645-0878


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
  • A.B., Latin American Studies, A.B., English, University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Latin American Short Story
  • Latin American Poetry
  • Dictatorship and Violence in Latin America
  • Latin American Social Movements
  • Latin American Critical Theory (graduate)


  • 19th and 20th Century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde; Space and Urbanization

Research Interests

  • Urbanization and Modernization of Latin America since 1850; Space, Place, and Political Subjectivity; Focused primarily on Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico

Selected Publications

  • Buenos Aires and the Birth of the Non-Subject (book manuscript in preparation).
  • Modern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies (New York: Palgrave, 2009).
  • “People, Multitudes, and Developmentalist Hegemony in the Brazilian Street.” Forthcoming, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 2016.
  • “Martial Arts in Argentina: The Non-Futurist Futurism of Leopoldo Lugones.” Forthcoming, International Yearbook of Futurist Studies, 2017.
  • “Esteban Echeverría y la liquidación del contrato social.” Cuaderno de Literatura39 (Enero-Junio 2016): 165-190.
  • “Re-Mapping the Space Between:  Sovereignty, Globalization, and Media Representation in Rio de Janeiro.” Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban. Ed. Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. Pages 157-184.
  • “Unicity.” Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change, Vol. 1. Ed. Tom Cohen. Ann Arbor, MI: Open Humanities Press (Imprint of MPublishing / University of Michigan Library), 2012. Pages 121-147.
  • “Topofilia Porteña:  Imaging Buenos Aires and Modernity in (and around) the Journal Sur.” Spectatorship and Topophilia: Reading Early Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures. Ed. David R. Castillo and Bradley J. Nelson. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press (Hispanic Issues HIOL), 2012. Pages 113-136.

Recent Awards & Grants

  • UB Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, 2012-13
  • Grants for “Fluid Culture” Arts and Lecture Series (with Prof. Colleen Culleton), 2011-12: Baird Foundation, Erie Canal Harbor Redevelopment Corporation, Microsoft Research, New York Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant, UB Office of the Provost, UB Office of the Vice Provost for Research


  • Editorial Board, Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana
  • Editorial Board, Monograph Series, Open Human Press
  • Co-Founding Member, Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium
  • Member: American Comparative Literature Association, Latin American Studies Association, Modern Language Association