Julio César Paredes has a B.A. in Journalism from the Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta, Maracaibo, Venezuela, a M.A. in Spanish Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) from St. John’s University, New York. During his study abroad program in Argentina, he conducted research on Jorge Luis Borges and Rufino Blanco-Fombona. Before coming to MSU, Julio César taught at Queensborough Community College, St. John’s University, and at the No Child Left Behind program in New York City.
He has worked as Latin America and Lifestyle editor for El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States. As part of his journalism career, he received the National Association of Hispanic Publications José Martí Publishing Award. He is co-author of Cuentos Locos(2006), and an active member of Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and the Modern Languages Association.
He is currently a Doctoral student in Hispanic and Cultural Studies at Michigan State University and a teaching assistant of Spanish in our department. His research interests include Latin American literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, visual cultures, gender studies, and postcolonial theory. His doctoral project delves into the construction and fashioning of masculinities, and the role of facial hair and other attributes of the male gender, in literary and visual texts of mid-nineteenth-century Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. He is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Contributor Award for his work as president of the department’s Graduate Student Association.