Profile: Jason Cortes

Associate Professor and Program Director

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies


I began my duties as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and US Latina/o Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University-Newark in the Fall of 2009. Prior to Rutgers, I held academic appointments at Yale University, Brown University, and UMass-Boston. My areas of interest include: Caribbean literature, US Latina/o literature, Spanish American literature, Comparative literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, and Critical Theory.
  • Departments

    Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University, Newark

  • Education

    Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, Pennsylvania State University

    M.A., Comparative Literature, PSU

    B.A., Comparative Literature, U of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, PR).

  • Publications

    Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative (Bucknell UP, 2014). Macho Ethics examines the vicissitudes and ambiguities behind literary authorship/authority and masculinity as critically staged through writing in the narrative prose (novels, chronicles, and short stories) of Latino-Caribbean authors starting in the 1980’s. Beyond this book project, I have also been at work on two manuscripts: Loving Death: The Necrophilic Imagination in Latin/o America and Tales of Disposability: Puerto Rico in the Post-911 Era.

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