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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - Licia Fiol-Matta (on leave 2016-7)

Licia Fiol-MattaE-mail Address:
Rank: Professor 
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Princeton Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., Yale Univ.


Academic Interests:

  • Latin American literary and cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Critical theory
  • Music
  • Visual culture


Professor Fiol-Matta's 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. Prof. Fiol-Matta is appointed to the Graduate Center as member of the doctoral faculty of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures Department. She is series editor of New Directions 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