Rebecca Elizabeth Biron

Academic Appointments
  • Director of Leslie Center for the Humanities

  • Professor, Spanish and Portuguese. Joint Title in Comparative Literature

Rebecca E. Biron joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth in 2006, after having taught at the University of Miami, Emory University, and the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching interests focus on Latin American literary and cultural studies, literary theory, gender studies, and Mexican cultural criticism. She has published widely on the relationship between narrative and violence as it pertains to masculinity, Latin American urban history, and Mexican literature and film. Professor Biron served as Dartmouth's Dean of the College from 2015-2018. She has chaired the Dartmouth program in Latin American/Latino/Caribbean Studies. She directed the degree programs in Latin American Studies and was Faculty Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies.


Dartmouth Hall, Room 102C
HB 6072


  • B.A. University of Georgia
  • Ph.D. University of Iowa

Selected Publications

  • Elena Garro and Mexico's Modern Dreams. Bucknell University Press, 2013

  • City/Art: The Urban Scene in Latin America, editor. Duke University Press, 2009.

  • Murder and Masculinity: Violent Fictions of 20th Century Latin America. Vanderbilt University Press, 2000

  • 2015 "Holographic Buenos Aires: Urban Memory and New Technologies of Envisioning" Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era. Eds. Matthew Bush and Tania Gentic. Forthcoming, Routledge

    2013 "Writing Cities." Revista hispánica moderna 66.1 (June): 89-97.

    2013 "Pasajes de la (in)seguridad: circuitos del miedo en la Ciudad de México." Utopías urbanas: Geopolíticas del deseo en América Latina. Ed.Gisela Heffes. Frankfurt/Madrid: Editorial Iberoamericana, Vervuert Verlag: 87-111.

    2012 "It's a Living: Hit Men in the Mexican Narco War." PMLA 127.4 (October): 820-834.

    2012 "El abecedario urbano: entre la semiótica y la filología en la Ciudad de México." Revista hispánica moderna 65.2 (December): 153-164.

Works In Progress

The Geopolitics of Form: 21st Century film trilogies in the Americas (Book manuscript)