Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Romance and Classical Studies
Danny Mendez
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 Degree: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

 Position: Associate Professor of Spanish

 Research Interests: Hispanic Caribbean  literatures  and cultures; Latino/a studies; Race  critical theory;  Gender and sexuality in a global  context; Migration studies

 Campus Address: B356 Wells Hall

 Phone: (517) 884-6351


Danny Méndez earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies and a Core-Faculty of the Program of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities (GSAH). His research focuses on contemporary narrative representations of Dominican migrations to the United States and Puerto Rico, analyzing the particular ways in which these narratives challenge conceptions of Latin American literature and Latino Studies.


Charytín Goyco, la rubia de América: A case Study of Television Stardom in the Dominican Republic in the 1970s.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. 33 (2015): 27-40. Print.  

 “De travestismos sospechosos y seducciones peligrosas: La identidad sexual and dos cuentos de José Alcántara Almánzar.” Revista Iberoamericana. 79:243 (2013): 523-533  Print.

 “The Intricacies of Bliss in Diaspora: Dominican Diasporic Subjectivities in Josefina Báez’s Comrade, Bliss Ain’t Playing.” Revista Habana Elegante 52 (2012):  n. pag. Web.

 Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012.

 “La bachata del gay volador: El desafío a la (homo)sexualidad y la identidad dominicana en la música de Andy Peña y en Bachata del Ángel Caído (1999) de Pedro Antonio Valdez.” Revista América Latina Hoy 58 (2011): 51-62. Print.

 “Bittersweet Affections: The Ambivalent Imaginings of Haitians in Cañas y bueyes (1936).” Confluencia: Revista hispánica de cultura y literatura 27:1 (2011): 113-123. Print.

 “Culture and the City: Pedro Henríquez Ureña’s New York City.” Camino Real: Estudios de las hispanidades norteamericanas 4:5(2011): 128-53. Print.