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Juan Carlos Aguirre

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-7772
1 Wash Pl, Room 431

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Juan Carlos Aguirre is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at New York University, where he was a recipient of the 2014-2015 Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities. He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on the Latin American journalistic chronicle, in which he examines intersections between popular culture, the informal economy, violence, and migration, with a particular focus on the chronicle's treatment of cultural globalization in post-1980 Mexico. His broader research interests include twentieth-century Latin American literature; literary journalism and nonfiction writing; culture, media, and consumption; globalization; urban space; theories of historiography; and theories of everyday life. He has taught courses on research methods, on Latin American Literature, and on the relationship between journalism and literature in Europe and the Americas, and has published on the topic of drug-related violence and its representation in contemporary Mexican writing.

Teaching and Research Interests

20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and culture; Marxist cultural theory; urban space; postcolonial theory; uneven development and the Global South; nonfiction writing; literary journalism; ethnography; cultural studies; race and ethnicity; queer studies; historiography; media and mass culture; globalization Latin America; informal and illicit economies; representations of everyday life; epistemology

Juan Carlos Aguirre


A.B. Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 2006
M.A. Comparative Literature, New York University, 2011


2017 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Latin American Modernities: Literature, Testimony, Film

2016 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Modern Latin America through its Literature

2016 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: Latin American Literature and Culture in the Era of Globalization