Ralph E. Rodriguez (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is Associate Professor of American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and English. He is the author of Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation (forthcoming Fordham UP, Spring 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 critical study entitled "In and Out of Place: The Textual Politics of Geography, Culture and Language," and a collection of short stories called "The Music Inside You."
He has published articles on a range of Latinx authors, critical pedagogy, gender & sexuality, detective fiction, and film. Latinx literature and culture, aesthetics, neo-formalism, cultural theory, contemporary fiction, and critical race studies constitute his active 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 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 a host of journals in American Studies, literary studies, and film studies.