Ralph E. Rodriguez is the author of Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation (Fordham UP, 2018) and Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicana/o Identity (University of Texas Press, 2005; winner of the MLA Best Book Prize in Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies, 2006). His current book projects include a collection of short stories called "The Music Inside You" and two critical studies: "The Making of Latinx Literature" and "Desubicado: Writing In and Out of Place."
He has published articles on a range of Latinx authors, critical pedagogy, gender & sexuality, detective fiction, and film. Latinx literature, aesthetics, neo-formalism, creative non-fiction, cultural theory, contemporary fiction, and critical race studies constitute his research and teaching interests.
His projects have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanites, the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew Mellon Foundations, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University, and Oregon State University's Center for the Humanities. He has received teaching awards from the University of Texas, Penn State University, and Brown University. He is an advisory editor for jml: Journal of Modern Literature. He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Chicana/o Division of the Modern Language Association and of the editorial boards of the PMLA and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicana/o Studies. He regularly referees for journals and presses in Latinx Studies, literary studies, and American Studies.