Christina Civantos

Associate Professor of Spanish


  • -PhD in Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley, 1999
  • -MA  in Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley, 1994
  • -BA in Spanish and Arabic, Duke University, 1992 

Research Interests

  • -19th- and 20th-century Spanish American and Arabic literatures and cultures
  • -Migration and Diaspora
  • -Post-Colonial Studies
  • -Gender Studies
  • -Translation 

Selected Publications

  • -Between Argentines and Arabs:  Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity.  State University of New York Press, 2006.
  • -“‘El barrio turco:’  The Cultural Politics and Textual Effects of Late Argentine Modernismo” Hispanófila (forthcoming).
  • -“Migration and Diaspora.”  In The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture.  Dwight F. Reynolds, ed.  Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • -“Ali Bla Bla’s Double-Edged Sword:  Argentine President Carlos Menem and the Negotiation ofIdentity.”  In The Cultural Politics of the Middle East in the Americas.  Evelyn Alsultany  and Ella Shohat, eds.  University of Michigan Press (forthcoming).
  • -“Literacy, Sexuality and the Literary in the Self-Inscription of Muhammad Shukri.”  Middle Eastern Literatures, 9:1 (January 2006) 23-45.
  • -“Pechos de leche, oro y sangre:  las circulaciones del objeto y el sujeto en Cecilia Valdés.”   Revista Iberoamericana, 71:211 (April-June 2005) 505-519.  

Courses Taught 

  • -The Legacy of Muslim Spain in the Modern Arab World
  • -Arab Migration and Cultural Representation:  An Intercultural Dialogue
  • -The Culture and Politics of Immigration to Latin America
  • -Travel and Travelers in Spanish American Literature and Film
  • -Coloniality and Orientalism in Spanish America
  • -Literary and Social Authority among Women Writers of 19th-Century Spanish America



Program in Arabic Studies