Juan G. Ramos


Spanish Department

Associate Professor, Spanish
Director, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Fields: 19th-21st Century Latin American and Spanish Poetry; 19th-21st Century Latin American Fiction; Aesthetics and Politics in Latin American Film and Music; Latin American Critical Thought

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Email: jramos@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-2607 
Office: Stein 408
PO Box: 59A


Juan G. Ramos was born and lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador prior to moving to New Jersey. At Rutgers-Newark, he completed a BA in English and secondary education and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst he completed a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies, as well as a Master of Arts and PhD in Comparative Literature. He is co-editor of the volume entitled Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures (Palgrave, 2016), which brings together a number of renowned Latin Americanists to engage with key concepts related to decolonial theories and thinking, while stressing points of contact with literary and cultural texts ranging from colonial period to the twentieth century, and bringing to the fore new ways in which such theoretical discussions can be fruitful to reanimate specific lines of inquiry in literary and cultural scholarship.

His book Sensing Decolonial Aesthetics and Latin American Arts (University of Florida Press, 2018) explores the concept of decolonial aesthetics, particularly in relation to the development of antipoery, the nueva canción movement, and New Latin American Cinema during the 1960s and early 1970s. He has also published on the connection between poetry and film, film and spectral theory, avant-garde literature in the Andes, as well as the historical crónica during modernismo. He is currently working on a book-length project on Andean modernismos with a particular focus on Colombia, Ecuador, and Perú.

In 2019, the College of the Holy Cross awarded him the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship. From 2019 until 2021, he received the Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award, which is aimed at advancing faculty research and professional development. He is past chair of the Ecuadorian Studies section of LASA (2018-2020) and is currently a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee (2018-2021).


  • Span 101 - Elementary Spanish I
  • Span 102 - Elementary Spanish II
  • Span 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
  • Span 302 - Composition for Bilingual Speakers
  • Span 304 - Aspects of Spanish-American Culture
  • Span 305 - Introduction to Literary Genres
  • Span 308 - Readings in Latin American Literature
  • Span 407 - Topics in Modern Spanish and Spanish-American Poetry
  • Span 450 - Latinidades in Literature and Pop Culture


  • 19th-21st Century Latin American and Spanish Poetry
  • 19th-21st Century Latin American Fiction
  • Aesthetics and Politics in Latin American Film and Music
  • Latin American Critical Thought


Recent Publications


  • Ramos, Juan G. Sensing Decolonial Aesthetics and Latin American Arts. University of Florida Press, [2018]
  • Ramos, Juan G. and Tara Daly, eds. Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

Articles & Book Chapters

  • “The Ideological Pendulum: South American Literary Interventions in Cold War Politics.” The Palgrave Handbook on Cold War Literature. Ed. Andrew Hammond. [in press]
  • “Sentipensar con la natura: sustentabilidad, descolonialidad y afectos”.  A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos. (Special Dossier: A Sustainable Future for Latin America?) Ed. Maria Alessandra Woolson. Vol. 17. No. 2 (2020): 114-127.https://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/2023
  • “Teaching Comparative Arts and (De)Coloniality: Antonio Preciado, Elcina Valencia, and Chocquibtown.” Teaching Contemporary Latin American Poetry. (MLA Series Options for Teaching). Eds. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. New York: Modern Language Association, 2019. 204-219.
  • “Rupturas pictóricas decoloniales del paisaje andino: Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco, Eduardo Kingman, Oswaldo Guayasamín ”. Visiones de los Andes: Ensayos críticos sobre el concepto de paisaje y región. Eds. Ximena Briceño and Jorge Coronado. La Paz: Plural Editores/University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. 105-131.
  • “Who Documents the Migrant? Decolonial Aesthetics, Museo de América, and the Internet Documentary Film.” Migrant Voices: Latin American Diaspora in Documentary Film. Eds. Esteban Loustaunau and Lauren Shaw. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018. 217-238.
  • Ramos, Juan G. "Utopian Thinking in Verse: Temporality and Poetic Imaginary in the Poetry of Nicanor Parra, Mario Benedetti, and Roque Dalton." Hispanófila: Ensayos de literatura 178 (2016): 185-203.
  • Ramos, Juan G. "Disruptive Capital in Andean/World Literature: A Decolonial Reading of Enrique Gil Gilbert's Nuestro Pan." Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Eds. Juan G. Ramos and Tara Daly. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 141-160.
  • Ramos Juan G. and Tara Daly. "Introduction: Strategies for Reading and Looking with and against the Grain." Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Eds. Juan G. Ramos and Tara Daly. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xiii-xxxvi.
  • Ramos, Juan G. "Writing Fragments of Modernity: Visual Technology and Metafiction in Pablo Palacio’s Débora and ‘Un hombre muerto a puntapiés’.” Hispania 99.1 (2016): 116-127.
  • Ramos, Juan G. “Contesting Domination: Modernity, Coloniality of Gender, and Decolonial Feminism in José de la Cuadra’s ‘La Tigra’” Romance Notes 55.1 (2015): 61-75.
  • Ramos, Juan G. ‘No es un fantasma; es un espíritu’: Visual Technology and Spectropoetics Eliseo Subiela’s No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas.” Letras Hispanas: Revista de literatura y cultura 10.1 (2014): 63-78. http://www.modlang.txstate.edu/letrashispanas/
  • Ramos, Juan G. "Crónica de una muerte pasada: Eloy Alfaro, Vargas Vila y La muerte del cóndor como texto híbrido modernista". Textos Híbridos: Revista de Estudios Sobre la Crónica Latinoamericana 3.1 (2013): 16-42. http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/8x43v851
  • Ramos, Juan G. "The Written Verse in Cinematic Verse: Eliseo Subiela's El lado oscuro del corazón as a Metapoetic Text." Verse, Voice and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema. Ed. Marlisa Santos. Lahman, MD: Scarecrow Press/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 179-189.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

  • Ramos, Juan G. Book Review of Cristina Burneo Salazar’s Acrobacia del cuerpo bilingüe. La poesía de Alfredo Gangotena. Leiden: Almenara Press, 2017, for Revista Iberoamericana Vol. LXXXV, Num 267 (Abril-Junio, 2019): 632-635.
  • Ramos, Juan G. Book Review of Michael R. Candelaria’s The Latino Christ in Art, Literature, and Liberation Theology. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2018, for The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History 76.3 (July 2019): 533-535.
  • Ramos, Juan G. Book Review of Dierdra Rebers’ Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016, for Humanity and Society 42.1 (February 2018): 132-134.
  • Ramos, Juan G. Book Review of Joanna Page's Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism. (Calgary: Calgary University Press, 2014.) MLN 132.2 (March 2017): 536-538.

  • Ramos, Juan G. “Enrique Dussel.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 1. Eds. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2016. 480-482. [1000-word entry]

  • Ramos, Juan G. “Latin American Culture.” Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. Vol. 2. Ed. Sherwood Thompson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 468-472. [3000-word entry].