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Ylce  Irizarry

Ylce Irizarry

Ylce Irizarry
Associate Professor


Office: CPR 329
Phone: 813-974-7868



My research areas include Chicana/o and Latina/o and cultural production, Hispanic transnational literatures, Caribbean historical fiction, Visual Rhetorics, and Testimonio. Generally, I am interested in what and why: what representations of Chican@ and Latin@ experience look like and why authors have made the specific generic, linguistic, and visual choices that ultimately appear in their work. My book, Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois Press, 2016) is the recipient of the MLA Prize in United States Chicana and Chicano and Latina and Latino Literary and Cultural Studies (2015-2016).  All of the literature analyzed within it is from the contemporary period and the chapters are organized by pairing books written by authors from two of these four major Hispanic descended groups: Cubans, Dominicans, Mexican, and Puerto Ricans.

Shorter scholarship appears in venues specific to a broad categories of literature: US American, Comparative, Hispanic, and Contemporary. My most recent journal publication is “ ‘Where I Find Poetry and Tension’: An Interview with Daniel José Older” appears in Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics (2017)Earlier publications include pieces in journals including Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Antípodas Contemporary Literature, and Comparative American Studies. Other publications include book chapters, including one in Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke UP, 2016) and one in Hispanic Caribbean Literatures of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave, 2011). My research has garnered me some great opportunities. I was awarded a McKnight Faculty Development Research Fellowship (2010-2011) and a 2011 Humanities Institute Summer Grant to complete my book.

My teaching routinely includes courses in US Literatures, including Latina@ Literature and US Multiethnic Fiction. I also teach courses framed by historical period such as Contemporary Literature or by genre, such as Modern Short Prose. In all of my courses, I work with students to read texts (books, poems, films, plays) at multiple levels: linguistic, generic, cultural. We pay attention to the material conditions through which the text is produced, its intended audience, and how we, as readers, engage with it. I excited that my efforts in teaching and research have been recognized in awards such as the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), the Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2016), and the Pathways Award for Junior Faculty Excellence in Research from the President’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (SOL) at USF (2013). There has also been international interest in my work; I have presented in these countries: Spain (2016, 2012), Curaçao (2011), Puerto Rico (2009), and The Netherlands (2008, 2003). 

Outside research and teaching, diversity service is a personal commitment I meet as often as possible. I guest lecture on Latin@ culture and identity, participate in mentoring opportunities such as the Sisters of the Academy Research Bootcamp, and deliver workshops on diversity, higher education, and professional development for underrepresented students. I am honored to have received the Dr. Israel Tribble Award for Outstanding Alumni Support from the Florida Education Fund/McKnight Doctoral Fellows Program (2017) and the Diamond Award for Community Engagement from the Sisters of Delta Tau Lambda (2012).