Israel Reyes

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Professor Reyes’s research and publications focus on the intersections of culture and society between Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1996 and has been an advocate for Latino and Latina student leadership and academic achievement. With his colleague Professor Beatriz Pastor, Professor Reyes has co-directed two Latino Student Conferences at Dartmouth and has co-edited the Latino Intersections website dedicated to showcasing Dartmouth students’ work in the area of Latino Studies. He is the Chair of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program and has served as director of the Puebla, Mexico Language Study Abroad Program for several terms. Professor Reyes received the Linda B. and Kendrick R. Wilson III Fellowship in 2004 and the Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising in 2006.

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2014 Winter Office Hours: By appointment

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Personal Website
318 Dartmouth Hall
HB 6072
Comparative Literature
Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Spanish and Portuguese
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Selected Publications

Book: Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

"Barrio, Body, Beat: Tato Laviera and the Holistic Rhythm of Mestizaje." The AmeRican Poet: Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera.  Eds. Stephanie Alvarez and William Luis. New York: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2014. 184-96.

“La frontera que embizca: Las caricaturas políticas de Lalo Alcaraz”  Revista Iberoamericana. 57.234 (2011): 195-211. 

“Migration and Ethnic Humor in Ana Lydia Vega’s ‘Pollito Chicken.’”  Invited book chapter for Cross Currents: Building Bridges across American and Nigerian Studies.  Ed. Judith Byfield.  Ibadan, Nigeria: BookBuilders, 2009. 15-31.

“Transnational Bodies, Queer Borders: The Challenge of Latin American and Latino/a Sexual Identities,” Latin American Studies Association Forum , 37:3 (Summer 2006) 18-20.

"Recuerdos «parciales» y el closet de la literatura: Ficción y autobiografía de Judith Ortiz Cofer. La Revista Iberoamericana. Eds. Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez and Frances Aparicio. 71.212 (2005): 847-64.

“Comedy and Humor.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Deena J. González and Susanne Oboler. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2005).

“De-facing Cuba: Translating and Transfiguring Cristina García’s The Agüero Sisters.” Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. Eds. Daniel Balderston and Marcy Schwartz. Albany: SUNY (2002) 224-34.

“La sabiduría de la mujer en la obra de Nemesio Canales.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 26.54 (2001): 111-28.

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Works in Progress

Transcultural Economic Imaginaries in Hispanic Caribbean and U.S. Latina/o Literature

"Latino Political Humor" for The Oxford Encylopedia of Latina and Latino Politics

"Memory and Culinary Nostalgia in Cuban American Performance and Memoir"