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Rubio, Raúl

Associate Professor



PhD    Tulane University

MA       Middlebury College 

BA       Barry University

Raúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY). A Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, his research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Professor Rubio received a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and earned a Master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate degree at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Rubio is a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He completed a four-year term (2010-2014) on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and was a member of the 2012 jury committee of the prestigious Lora Romero Prize of the American Studies Association.

Professor Rubio’s publications include: his monograph La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013) which examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player. He has authored numerous book chapters in academic volumes, which include: the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts – Volume II (Paradigm, 2014); Un Pueblo Disperso: Dimensiones Sociales y Culturales de la Diáspora Cubana (Aduana Vieja, 2014); Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture (Palgrave, 2013); Narratología y discursos múltiples (Dunken, 2013); and Cuba: ‘Idea of a Nation’ Displaced (SUNY Press, 2007).

Professor Rubio’s scholarship has also appeared in a wide-range of multi-disciplinary academic journals, including: Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas (Texas State University), CiberLetras (Lehman College), Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain), Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura (Marquette University), and Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana (Arizona State University).

At John Jay College, Professor Rubio teaches Spanish-language courses at all levels, including Latin American literature and theatre, Professional Spanish, and courses in English pertaining to Latin American and U.S. Latino(a) cultural studies. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Gender Studies program. His teaching and his research bridge the disciplines of humanities and cultural anthropology, involving issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, and justice, particularly focusing on the examination of ethnic identity.

Professor Rubio is an At-large member of the Faculty Senate and College Council and has previously held various administrative responsibilities including: advising, placement, the implementation of language lab initiatives, and the coordination of outcomes assessment activities. He served as a member of the Working Group on Faculty Affairs in preparation for the Middle States Reaccreditation visit that was completed in 2013. In 2012 Rubio was involved in fascinating co-curricular project, the development of a Spanish-language learning community for John Jay students, where Rubio’s new course Nature and Society in the Hispanic World was paired with a Natural Sciences course taught by Professor Nathan Lents of the Department of Biology.  


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