María E. Pérez


Maria Perez

Instructional Assistant Professor

Rm. 415 AH

713-743-3797

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Professor Pérez is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. studies. Her research interests are centered on the culture of the Caribbean from a transnational perspective.  Encompassing literature, film, the visual arts and popular culture, she studies the points of encounter and departure between similar cultures, the history of migration and the politics of identity that mark the region, topics which are of special interest to her investigation. She is an active participant in academic conferences, where she has presented her most recent work on Modernism in Latin American and Hispanic literature in the United States.

Dr. Pérez is committed to quality undergraduate education, and she has taught most of the basic and intermediate Spanish courses in the department. She recently developed a course of Spanish for the Global Professions that incorporates cultural awareness, professional etiquette and protocol in addition to the acquisition of target vocabulary, communicative and writing skills for different professional fields.

Dr. Pérez also serves as Graduate Assistant Advisor to the Department.

Education

  • PhD in Spanish, University of Houston (2012)
  • Graduate Certificate in Women Studies (2010)
  • Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and Literature (2006)

Courses Taught

  • Techniques for Teaching Spanish. Fall 2013.
  • Spanish for the Global Professions.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature.
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish I and II. Honors level course.
  • Intermediate Spanish I.
  • Advanced Beginners Spanish.
  • Basic Spanish I and II.

Publications

  • “Puertorriqueñidad en Nueva York: La ideología de nación en las obras de O’Neill, Arroyo y Gares.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, Volume IX. Pending publication.
  • “ ‘Escribo como un acto de supervivencia’: Conflicto entre etnicidad y género en The Latin Deli de Judith Ortiz Cofer.” Fronteras de la Memoria: cartografías de género en artes visuales, cine y literatura en las Américas y España. Eds. Bernardita Llanos y Ana María Goetschel. Santiago, Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2012: 239-256.
  • “Baroque Curiosity”, translation of José Lezama Lima’s “La Curiosidad Barroca”, from La Expresión Americana, in Baroque New Worlds. Representation, Transculturation, Counterconquest, Eds.Lois Parkinson Zamora and Monika Kaup. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. 212-240.
  • “Cuatro poemas.” Lucero. Iberia in Transit. 18 (2009). Berkeley: University of California. 71-74.
  • “El Precio de la Revitalización: Desplazamiento de la población latina de zonas urbanas en Miami.” Urbis y Orbis: Los Latinos en las Ciudades de los Estados Unidos. Comps. Flavia Belpoliti, Cardenio Bedoya y Marc Zimmerman. Houston: LACASA, 2009. 121-131.
  • “Hay banderas y hay abanderados.” Líneas desde el Golfo: Antología de Poesía y Narrativa. Ed. Edna Ochoa. Houston: LACASA, 2005. 24-26.

Affiliations:

  • Modern and Classical Languages Association (MLA)
  • Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
  • South Central Modern Languages Association (SCMLA)
  • UH Friends of Women Studies