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Andrew Bentley
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bentley.pngAndrew Bentley is a PhD Candidate of Hispanic Cultural Studies and Teaching Assistant of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He specializes in 20th and 21st century Latin America with an emphasis on the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996) as it is portrayed in literature and related cultural production. To this end, his research explores themes such as gender and sexuality, memory, neoliberalism and/as culture, social movements, and urban violence. 

Andrew’s “in-between” identity as someone of Guatemalan origin who has grown up as an adopted U.S. American puts him in a unique position to understand the Latina/o condition. The research for his doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled Traversing the Zones: Cultural Responses to Urban Violence in Postwar Guatemala, has been supported by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and departmental funding, which has allowed him to embark on fieldwork in Guatemala City at the Historical Archives of the National Police (AHPN). In addition to Guatemala, Andrew has also spent time in El Salvador, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Spain. He has delivered formal presentations at national and international conferences such as the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA) and has been invited to speak at several universities about topics related to his academic pursuits.

Despite the large size of Michigan State, Andrew has enjoyed the privilege of mentoring his students, most recently through his involvement with “Concerts for Cures,” a non-profit organization that raises money for depression treatment and care founded by Murphy Nye. Andrew has also been aptly compensated through sustained dialogue with students of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities, the James Madison College of Public Affairs and International Relations, the LGBT Resource Center, and other academic units across campus.


Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Cultural Studies, Michigan State University, 2014-pres.

M.A., Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University, 2014.

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Anthropology, State University of New York at Potsdam, 2012.


“Sanctuaries of Impunity: Articulating Violent Masculinity in Central American Cities.” In progress.

“Traversing the Zones, Transcending the Nonhuman: Urban Ecologies in Postwar Guatemala.” Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos. Special Dossier: Derivas multi/humanas en la literatura y cultura centroamericana. Eds. Juan Duchesne-Winter and Tatiana Argüello. (Forthcoming, 2017).

“Rigoberta Menchú Visits Michigan.” Guatemala Scholars Network Newsletter. (Forthcoming, 2017).

“El Gringo Chapín.” The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. Eds. Leticia Hernández Linares, Rubén Martínez, and Héctor Tobar. Los Angeles: Tía Chucha Press, 2017. 270-276.

Twelve entries (poems and biographical information) in Women’s Poems of Protest and Resistance: Honduras (2009-2014). Spanish-English Bilingual Edition. Gen. Ed. Lety Elvir. Trans. Ed. María Roof. Washington, DC: Casasola, 2015. Best Multi-Author Poetry Book at the 18th International Latino Book Awards.

“The U.S. Dollar as a Transformative Agent of Cultural Identity in Ecuador: A Proposal.” SUNY Buffalo Romance Studies Journal 3.1 (2014): 55-65.

Email: bentle94@msu.edu