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Assistant Professor of Spanish

Research & Teaching

Catalina Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish, specializing in Latin American Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests center on Latin American literature and culture from the nineteenth century onward, with a focus on gender and sexuality studies, women’s literature, theories of authorship, ecofeminism, and queer literature. Catalina is currently working on her first book, Writing like a Woman: Gendered Pseudonyms and the Impersonation of Female Voices, which analyzes the prominence of gendered pseudonyms in nineteenth-century Latin America and its implications for notions of “female literature” and “women’s writing.” The project traces different gendered pseudonyms used by canonical 19th century writers such as Jose Marti (1853-1895), Soledad Acosta (1833-1913), Rafael Pombo (1833-1912) and Dionisia Gonçalves Pinto (1810-1885) and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888).

Catalina’s articles have appeared in the Latin American Literary Review, the Revista de Estudios de Literatura Colombiana, and Taller de Letras. Recently, with Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, she co-curated Proscrita en esta tierra (Himpar 2023), an anthology of Josefa Acevedo (1803-1861), one of the first women writers of Colombia.

Catalina is the recipient of the LASA Nineteenth Century Section Best Dissertation Award (2023), the Presidential Fellowship at Northwestern University, the Mellon Foundation/Newberry Library Seminar Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Development Program. Catalina teaches courses focusing on Latin American Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Latina/o Studies and Queer Literature. Before arriving at Boston University she was an Assistant Professor (CLTA) at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from Northwestern University.

Twitter: @CatalinaRod2