Research and publications


Guerrero, Lisa. Crazy Funny: Popular Black Satire and The Method of Madness (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture). Routledge, 2019.

This book examines the ways in which contemporary works of Black satire make Black racial madness legible and allow us to see the connections between suffering from racism and suffering from mental illness.

Showing how an understanding of racism as a root cause of mental and emotional instability complicates the ways in which we think about racialized identity formation and the limits of socially accepted definitions of (in)sanity. It concentrates on the unique ability of the genre of Black satire to make knowable not only general qualities of mental illness that are so often feared or ignored but also how structures of racism contribute a specific dimension to how we understand the different ways in which people of color, especially Black people, experience and integrate mental instability into their own understandings of subjecthood.

Crazy Funny draws on theories from ethnic studies, popular culture studies, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and trauma theory to offer critical textual analyses of five different instances of new millennial Black satire in television, film, and literature—the television show Chappelle’s Show, the Spike Lee film Bamboozled, the novel The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty, the novels Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett, and the television show Key & Peele. Crazy Funny presents an account of the ways in which contemporary Black satire rejects the boundaries between sanity and insanity as a way to animate the varied dimensions of being a racialized subject in a racist society.

Manzo-Robledo, Francisco. El Pecado Nefando: Literatura de proceso en España y colonias. Juan de La Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2021.
Cover of Pecado-Nefando by Francisco Manzo-Robledo.

Chapters in edited collections

Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. 2019. “Race, Bodies and Lived Realities in Get Out and Black Panther” published in Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides, edited by Christina Rawls, Diana Neiva, and Stephen S. Gouveia. Routledge, pp. 281-297.

Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2019. “The End of the World, Hollywood, and the Endurance of Military Violence: Elysium and World War Z. In Sarah Turner and Sarah Nilsen’s The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema. New York: Palgrave. Pp. 283-297.

Cao, Weiguo. 2020. Annotated translation of traditional Chinese tales “Biography of the White Ape” and “Records of Constructing the Grand Canal,” published in Anthology of Tang and Song Tales, co-ed. by Victor H. Mair and Zhenjun Zhang and published by World Scientific.

Leonard D.J. 2020 “Virtual Antiracism: Pleasure, Catharsis, and Hope in Mafia III and Watch Dogs 2,” published in How Racialized Media is Designed, Delivered, and Decoded, edited by Emma Lesser and Matthew Hughey. New York University Press, pp. 245-257.

Leonard D.J. 2020. “Blerd Ballers: Black Nerd Chic, Racial Authenticity and Sartorial Choices.” Published in Are You Entertained? New Essays on Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century, edited by Simone Drake and Dwan Simmons. Duke University Press, pp. 134-152.

Liu, Xinmin. 2019. Land, Technological Triumphalism and Planetary Limits: Revisiting human-land affinity,” published in Voices of the Margin: Critical Chinese Environmental Humanities, edited by Chia-ju Chang, published by Palgrave MacMillan June, pp. 189-207.

Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2019. “Latinas/os in Hollywood: Contemporary Representations in Black and White.” In Sarah Turner and Sarah Nilsen’s The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema. New York: Palgrave. Pp. 215-236.

Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2019. “Some of my Students are Leprechauns (Or Why it is Difficult for White College Students that Racism is still a Big Deal).” In Teaching with Tension. Philathia Bolton, Cassander Smith, and Lee Bebout Eds. Northwestern University Press. Pp. 255-266.

Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2020. “De-Racializing Representations of Femininity and the Marketing of Latinidad: Zoe Saldaña and L’Oreal’s True Match Campaign.” In Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminism, Transformation, and Resistance. José Medina, Andrea Pitts, and Mariana Ortega, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 252-263.

Manzo-Robledo, Francisco. “Carmen Sotillo: ¿víctima en Cinco horas con Mario?” USA y Miguel Delibes. Fundación Instituto Castellano y Leonés de la lengua. 2021. In Press.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2020. “Sobreviviremos como dos robinsones”: La pérdida de referentes sociopolíticos como disolución del sujeto en “La muerte mientras tanto” de Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, published in Crear entre mundos: nuevas tendencias en la metaficción española. Albatros Ediciones.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2020. “La amante fascista”, de Alejandro Moreno Jashés: Un viaje delirante a la oscura noche de Chile published in La mirada opuesta: voces de victimarios en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea edited by Bonilla and Artigas. City of Mexico, pp. 49-71.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2020. “De himno y elegía: La guerra, de Gabriela Mistral, y Mientras los hombres mueren, de Carmen Conde” (“Of Hymn and Elegy: The War, by Gabriela Mistral, and While Men Die, by Carmen Conde.”) La poesía de la guerra civil española: una perspectiva comparatista. Edited by Pilar Molina (Dublin Institute of Technology.) New York: Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 213-230.

Articles in refereed journals

Arellano, Francisco. 2020. “La frontera de México y Estados Unidos como un proyecto eco-fascista”. Ecología Política, 59, 84-88.

Arellano, Francisco. 2019. “Monstruosidad, animalidad, humanidad: hacia una condición posthumana en Patas de perro de Carlos Croguett”. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales, IV(2), 35-57.

Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2019. “Fears of Contagion and Militarized Responses to Disaster After 9/11.” Peace Review. Vol.31.1. Pp. 91-99.

Ginsburg, Samuel. 2020. “Bombs, Bodies, and Ghosts: Navigating Rhetorical Legacies of Nuclear Technology in Recent Caribbean Science Fiction,” Mitologías Hoy,  22, pp. 191-208.

Hubert, M. & Bonzo, J. (2019). “Theory and Practice in U.S. University Foreign Language Writing Instruction.” Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research 7(1), 1-19.

Leonard, D.J. 2019. “Virtual Anti-racism: Pleasure, Catharsis, and Hope in Mafia III and Watch Dogs 2,” Humanity and Society. Volume 7, Number 4.

Leonard, D.J., King, C. R. 2019. “The Resurgence of Hate: Introductory Notes on the 2016 US Presidential Campaign.” For “Hate and the 2016 Presidential Election,” special issue of Journal of Hate Studies, eds. C. Richard King and David J. Leonard. Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 1-6

Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2020. “Narratives of Infectious Threat and Contagion Crises in Contemporary Immigration Rhetoric.” Label Me Latina/o’ special issue “(Un)Natural Disasters: Sites of Resistance.” Lorna Perez, guest editor. Vol. 10: Summer 2020. Pp. 1-10.

Manzo-Robledo, Francsico. “La violación de Reina María Luisa, en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez El general en su laberinto (1989)”. Argus-a, Vol. X Edición Nº 39, 2021.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2020. Edipo se hizo mendigo y habitó entre nosotros: una interpretación de La historia oficial y Cuerpos prohibidos. ITER, 26, 9-32.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2019. “Dibujar para subvertir: Cuerpo, género y poder en las crónicas y los diarios gráficos de Marcela Trujillo -o Maliki 4-Ojos-.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 43(1), 143-168.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C. 2019. Yo, maldita india, de Jerónimo López Mozo: Una deconstrucción teatral del discurso histórico. Contextos: Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, 45, N/P.

Streamas, John. 2020. “The War Between School Time and ‘Colored People’s Time’,” Teaching in Higher Education 25:6, 709-21. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2020.1782882

Streamas, John, “Power and Trust in the Campus Racial Climate,” Academe Blog of Academe magazine, 10 June 2020.


Ginsburg, Samuel. April 2021. “In this bleak abyss: The Speculative Autobiographical Writings of Carmen Maria Machado and Esmé Weijun Wang”. American Comparative Literature Association (Virtual).

Ginsburg, Samuel. May 2021. “The Arecibo Observatory and US Techno-Colonialism in Puerto Rico,” Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Idaho (Virtual)

Ginsburg, Samuel. May 2021. Latin American Studies Association (Virtual). “‘Estuvo delicioso’: Alien Sexualities and Radical Erotic Subjectivity in Recent Cuban Science Fiction”

Hubert, Michael. 2021. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference. “Grammatical avoidance in the university world language classroom: Instructor beliefs and practices”.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma. May 2021. “The Radical ‘Other’ as the Guardian of Memory: Body, Voice, and Dissent in Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman.” 39th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma. November 2020. “’Eight-pointed star’: The Legacy of Victoria Urbano and the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies, AGSS.” 5th International Conference on Costa Rican Women Writers. Organized by Costa Rican Association of Women Writers, San José, Costa Rica.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma. July 2020. “Living and Dying Outside Myth: An Interpretation of Josefina Aldecoa’s Porque éramos jóvenes (Because We Were Young).” II CICELI, 2nd International Conference, “Female Creators in Literary and Intercultural Education.” Organized by Universitat de València, Spain, València, Spain.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma. June 2020. “Marco Antonio de la Parra’s Cuerpos prohibidos (Forbidden Bodies): A Tyrannical and Neoliberal Chilean Oedipus.” 26th International Conference on Literature and Hispanic Studies (CIHL). Organized by Lock Haven University, Lock Haven.

Martin, Spencer. May 2021. “Seeing through the cracks: Local Latino experiences in a global pandemic.” 20th Lusophone and Hispanic Conference [Re]Framing Knowledge, UC Santa Barbara, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Skinner, Claudia. Do you want to form an alliance with me?”: Queer Techno-corporeal Communities on TikTok During COVID-19″ during the “Misinterpellated Bodies and Technology” session at the 2021 Cultural Studies Association Conference.

Streamas, John. April 2021. “Displacement and the Japanese American Experience,” reading and discussion with graphic novelist Kiku Hughes, Get Lit! Literary Festival, Eastern Washington University, April 18. Get Lit! Festival 2021: Displacement and the Japanese American E… (

Streamas, John. April 2021. “Steering Around the Transpacific in the Contemporary American Nuclear Imaginary,” at the Association for Asian American Studies’ annual conference online.

Grants and awards

Niimi, Kayo. 2020. College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching by an Instructor.

Previto, Maria S. (Principal Investigator). 2020-2021. ““Online Certificate in Spanish for Health Professionals” – Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant,” Sponsored by WSU Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, Internal, $5,000.

Shull, Collin. 2020. Affordable Learning Grant. Internal Grant, $5,000.