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Postdoctoral Teaching Assistant Professor

2007, B.A., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Summa Cum Laude, English Literature

2012, M.A., North Carolina State University, English and American Literature

2020, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Multiethnic and LatinX Literature

Bio

Geovani Ramírez is a postdoctoral teaching assistant professor in the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC Chapel Hill where he specializes in Multiethnic and Latinx literatures. His dissertation, for which he was awarded the J. Lee Greene Award for excellence in Postgraduate Work on Race and Ethnicity, explores the ways Mexican-heritage women writers use the topic of labor in their works to interrogate and re-shape notions of class, race, gender, culture, (trans)national identities, and citizenship. Through employing ecocritical and disability studies lenses as well as ecofeminist theory, his dissertation reveals the essential role Mexican-heritage women have played in offering conceptual frameworks for understanding Mexican-heritage people’s relationships to labor and laboring spaces, the environment, and health.

Geovani joined the UNC Latina/o Studies Program as a Graduate Assistant in the spring of 2019, and he was a Graduate Student Fellow at the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence during the 2018-2019 academic year. While at UNC, Geovani has enjoyed working with UNC students in various capacities, including as an instructor for the UNC Summer Bridge Program and an assistant writing coordinator for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. From fall 2014 to spring 2018, Geovani worked as a writing coach at the UNC Writing Center where he coached undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines on a wide range of writing genres and projects. He loves sharing literature and cultural productions with the general public. Geovani has enjoyed giving talks for the Ackland Art Museum and Carolina Performing Arts Center, and he has been an invited panelist for the Playmakers Repertory Company and the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Art and Art History. He was also a guest speaker on the Aaron Keck Show during an “Oh the Humanities” segment with Max Owre (WCHL 97.9 The Hill).

In the spring of 2020, Geovani received two university-wide honors in the form of a University Diversity Award and was selected for induction into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.


Publications:

Articles

  • “Chicken Doctors and the Trials of Transcendence: Unveiling Gallinera/o Illness Narratives.” Ethnic Studies Review, (forthcoming July 2021).
  • “LatinAsian and Black Latinx Migrations in Literature.” Latinx Talk, 2020.
  • “Ruiz de Burton’s Inviolable Californios and Roguish Anglos in The Squatter and  the Don and Who Would Have Thought It.” In Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present. Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

 Book Reviews

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Cristina García.” In Latino Literature Encyclopedia for Students. ABC-CLIO, (forthcoming 2021).

Other Writing

  • Press Bio for From Dreams to Dust (2021 Album), The Felice Brothers. Yep Records (forthcoming 2021).

Awards

  • J. Lee Greene Dissertation Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Work in Race and Ethnicity, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020
  • University Diversity Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020
  • Frank Porter Graham Honor Society Member, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Collective Graduate Working Group Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020
  • Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019
  • Center for the Study of the American South Travel Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019.
  • Lea/McLaurin Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018
  • George Hills Harper Summer Research Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2013

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 105i Social Sciences
  • ENGL 129 Cultural Diversity and Literature
  • WGST 233 Introduction to Latina Literature
  • ENGL144 Popular Genres ENGL 164 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • ENGL 359 Latina Ecofeminism and Disability in Visual Art, Film, and Literature