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Paul Guajardo

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Associate Professor

  • Phone: (713) 743-3199
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  • Office: 232A Roy Cullen Building
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Paul Guajardo is Associate Professor of literature in the Department of English at the University of Houston. He received his doctorate from the University of Washington. In addition to his book, Chicano Controversy, he has published more than 100 articles, essays, reviews, and book chapters. His research interests include memoir, literature of the sea, minority literature, and West African literature.

From 2018-2020, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana. He is also the recipient of a faculty development fellowship to Senegal. He was the first foreigner to lecture at the Afro-American University of Central Africa in Equatorial Guinea (the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa).

A native of Texas, he has lived in Utopia, Kerrville, and San Angelo. When not reading, writing, or grading, he enjoys sailing and bicycling.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., Brigham Young University

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Research Interests

Mexican American Literature, Minority Literature, Victorian Literature, Autobiography, The Novel

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Selected Publications


 Chicano Controversy: Oscar Acosta and Richard Rodriguez.  New York:  Peter Lang, 2002.

“Literature of the Sea: Lessons Learned.” Chapter in The Sea in the Literary Imagination:  Global Perspectives. Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.

 “Sin Documentos: Mexican-American Memoirs and Immigration Law.”  Co-author, David W. Read.  Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 24 Fall 2017.

 “The Gypsy Call of the Sea.” Blue Water Sailing, May/June 2017.

“Melville’s Magnificent, Malevolent Whale.” “Small Craft Advisor, 2017.

“Mapping the Territory: Mexican-American Memoir.” Chapter in, Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature, ed. Will Brannon.  New York: Grey House Publishing, 2016.

“Border Crossing as Rite-of-Passage.”  Journal of South Texas Studies.  Spring 2010.

“El arrepentimento de Richard Rodriguez.”  Casa de las Americas, Cuba, 2008.

“Mexican-American Autobiography.”  Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. Westport Ct: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005.

“Harvesting the Moon.”  Telltales, 24.9 (2004).

“Chicano/a Literature: Diversity or Assimilation?” South Texas Studies 12 (2001).

“Building Cultural Bridges.” Dialogue 33.1 (2000).

"Reassessing the Quiz."  English in Texas.   28.2 (1997) .

"A Late Harvest:  A Review of the Collected Stories of Tomas Rivera."  The Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingue.  17.3 (1992).

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Recent Courses

  • ENGL 3318 - The British Novel Since 1832
  • ENGL 3328 - Masterpieces of British Literature from the Eighteenth Century
  • ENGL 3348 - Thoreau
  • ENGL 3361 - Mexican American Literature
  • ENGL 4364 - Minorities in Literature

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