Erika Almenara Almenara

Erika Almenara Almenara

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(WLLC)-World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Phone: 734-352-1481

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Dr. Erika Almenara is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish) from the University of Michigan in 2015. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American cultural production especially in the cases of subaltern/marginal subjects and communities. At the University of Arkansas, she teaches courses on masculinity, contemporary Latin American literature, the intersection between politics and aesthetics, and trauma writing. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as NomadíasRevista del Centro de Estudios de Género y Cultura de América LatinaRevista IberoamericanaDissidences and Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Dr. Almenara is currently working on a book project that looks at Peru and Chile in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that contemporary Latin American narratives generated or constructed around non-hegemonic genders, and sexualities can be read not only as works about personal identity, but also as constitutive of a horizon of an alternative political language. 

Latin American Literature

19-21st Century Critical Theory

Cultural Studies

Cultural Theory

Gender and Sexuality Theory

Graduate Courses

Foundational Fictions: Writing the Nation in Latin America (Spring 2017)

Thinking Subalternity in Spanish American Cultural Production (Fall 2016)

Latin American Short Story (Summer 2016)

Modeling Masculinity: Understanding the Construction of Gender Roles in Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America (Spring 2016)

Undergraduate Courses

Cultural Readings (Fall 2016)

Latin American Civilization (online course) (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015)

Introduction to Literature (Fall 2015)

Ph.D  Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, August 2001

Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

M.A.   Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, August 2009

B.A.   Translation and Interpreting, Feminine University of the Sacred Heart, December 2000

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Descomposición de la masculinidad peruana en Bioy de Diego Trelles Paz” Revista Iberoamericana. (Forthcoming)

“Transculturation and Capital Production in The Milk of Sorrow by Claudia Llosa” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. (Forthcoming)

“Escritura, travestismo e izquierda en Pedro Lemebel” Dossier: Excedido y luctuoso: Homenaje a Pedro Lemebel” Nomadías. Revista del Centro de Estudios de Género y Cultura de América Latina. (21) July (2016).

“Sobre carnes y vidas desnudas en Tiempo de Silencio de Luis Martín Santos” Perifrasis. Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica (6) Vol. 12 (July-December, 2015).           

“Multitud y memoria en El padre mío de Diamela Eltit” Dissidences. Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism 5 (9) (January, 2013) Article 2.


“El estigma y la mártir” Quehacer Magazine (July-September, 2012): 78-83.

Book Chapters

“Neoliberalismo y biopolítica durante los gobiernos de Alberto Fujimori y el conflicto armado interno peruano” Colección sobre Literatura y Sociedades Post-conflicto. Caro y Cuervo Institute. (Forthcoming)

Other Articles

“Minoritarian Subjects Resistance and State of Exception in Fuerzas especiales by Diamela Eltit.” Las Críticas. April 10th, 2017.


“We Strike Too: Joining the Latin American Women’s Strike From the US” Ivonne del Valle, Susana Draper, Ludmila Ferrari, Liz Mason-Deese and Ana Sabau. Truthout. October 27th, 2016.


“Activismo y producción artística en Háblame de amores de Pedro Lemebel” Dossier: Amor, sexualidad y género: Políticas del Cono Sur. Conversaciones del Cono Sur (1) Vol. 2 (2016)


“La poesía como terapia en De Sobremesa de José Asunción Silva” Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 7 (2) (Fall, 2009): 63-70. University of Arizona.

“El cuerpo como metáfora del barrio en Por la Patria de Diamela Eltit” El Cid. 20 (Spring, 2008): 20-27.

Book Reviews

100 Jahre/Years VBKÖ (The Austrian Association of Women Artists) Festschrift by Rudofline Lackner.



“A Voyage to Oreja de Perro with Peruvian Writer Ivan Thays” Cream City Review. 33 (1) (Spring, 2009): 200-209. University of Wisconsin –  Milwaukee.

“Tour Models of Collaborative Teacher Education: A Comparison of Success Factors and Maturation” Action in Teacher Education. 2 (1990) Lima – Peru.

Graduate Student Researcher / Instructor  (August 2010-July 2015)

University of Michigan

Graduate Student Researcher / Teaching Assistant  (August 2007-July 2009)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Publishing Editor (January 2007 – August 2007)

Ediciones Peisa

Translator and Interpreter (September 2006 – December 2006)

Davy College

Translator and Interpreter  (February 2006 – May 2006)

Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications               

Assistant Project Manager  (March 2001 – August 2005)

Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación 

Independent Translator and Interpreter

  • Translator for the Peruvian Archeological Museum (July 2000)
  • Interpreter for the Project to Reform Telecommunications between The World Bank and     the Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications (March 2000)
  • Translator for the Embassy of France in Peru (July 1999)



Fulbright College Humanities Summer Stipend, University of Arkansas (2017)

Travel Assistance Program to attend LASA Congress, University of Arkansas (2017)

Travel Assistance Program to organize a panel in the Peruvian Feria del libro Ricardo Palma, University of Arkansas (2016)

Dean’s Travel Request to conduct research in Lima-Peru, University of Arkansas (2016)

University of Arkansas Teaching Camp Fellowship (2016)

University of Arkansas Artists and Concerts Committee Award (2016)

University of Arkansas Research Camp Fellowship (2015)