Directors & Staff


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Professor of Comparative Literature and French
Chair of Comparative Literature

Professor Parker's research concerns the history and practices of literary theory, especially post-war theory in France and its world-wide dissemination.  His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother, which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida.  Professor Parker was the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor, and has co-edited five other collections of essays including Performativity and Performance (with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick) and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory (with Janet E. Halley).  His new book project, “Voice Lessons,” explores interactions between body and voice across different literary traditions and media forms; an online bilingual edition of Julio Cortázar's iconic novel Rayuela/Hopscotch is also in the works.  In 2016-17 he chaired the Charles Bernheimer Dissertation Committee, which awards the American Comparative Literature Association's annual prize for the best dissertation in the field,

Graduate Director

Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel


Professor of Comparative Literature and Latino and Caribbean Studies
Director of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature

Professor Martínez-San Miguel's areas of teaching and research interest include Latin American Literature, Colonial, Caribbean, and Latino Literatures, Literary Theory, Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Migration Studies, Sexuality, Queer and Trans Studies. She is the author of Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana (Iberoamericana, 1999), Caribe Two Ways: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (Callejón, 2003); From Lack to Excess: 'Minor' Readings of Colonial Latin American Literature (Bucknell UP, 2008); and Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context (Palgrave 2014). She recently finished two co-edited anthologies: Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought (with Ben. Sifuentes Jáuregui and Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Palgrave 2016) and Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities (with Sarah Tobias, Rutgers University Press, 2016). She is co-editing an anthology with Michelle Stephens entitled “Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations” and she is working on her fifth book project, "Archipiélagos de ultramar: Rethinking Colonial and Caribbean Studies."

Undergraduate Director

Nelson Maldonado-Torresmadonadotorres

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Latino and Caribbean Studies
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature

Professor Maldonado-Torres works on decolonial thinking and critical theorizing, ethical and political theory, Africana and European continental philosophy, Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies, and comparative race and ethnic studies. His publications include the monograph Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), which develops an argument about the relevance of decolonial ethics and philosophy thorough the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Enrique Dussel, and Frantz Fanon. He has also served as guest editor of a special issue on Caribbean Philosophy for the Caribbean Studies journal and of two special issues on “Mapping the Decolonial Turn” for the online journal Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, among other edited works. He is currently working on two book manuscripts tentatively entitled “Fanonian Mediations” and “Theorizing the Decolonial Turn,” where he develops a theory of modernity/coloniality and decoloniality through an analysis of the coloniality of power, knowledge, and being.

Program Coordinator

Fatimah Fischer

Room 4104, Academic Building (West Wing)
15 Seminary Place, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office phone: 848-932-2031

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