Faculty & Staff Directory
Dr. Gabriela Buitrón Vera
Office #: Crown 106
Gabriela Buitrón Vera is a researcher and educator. She completed her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), where she also obtained a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her research draws together debates about climate catastrophes, disaster narratives, migration, history, and gender. In her academic writing and pedagogy, she explores the intersection between sociopolitical phenomena and civil response to catastrophe. Her scholarly articles include “Comic Book Depictions of the Mexico City Earthquake of 1985,” published by The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. In her work “Cracks as Portals of Change: A Reading of Disasters in Juan Villoro's Novel Materia dispuesta (1997),” which appeared in The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Buitrón Vera analyses how hegemonic narratives of masculinity become detrimental to healing a nation amidst a natural disaster.
Buitrón Vera has presented her research at the 46th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, the annual meetings of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), and the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS). Additionally, she has organized conference sessions for the Mass Media and Popular Culture and Latinx Studies tracks at LASA and chaired conference sessions for the Mexican Studies and Natural Catastrophes in Popular and Political Cultures tracks at RMCLAS.
Currently, drawing from her experience as a DACA recipient, she is working on a project tentatively titled, Documenting Undocumented and Dacamented Narratives of Chicago. In that project, she examines how individuals outside the frame of belonging, due to their legal status or affiliation, resketch the concept of nationhood through poetry, comics, and theater.
Buitrón Vera, Gabriela. Border Thinking: LatinX Youth: Decolonizing Citizenship by Andrea Dyrness and Enrique Sepúlveda III, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, Vol. 5, 2021: 277-279.
Invited guest speaker in “Stories and Migration” Xochipilli Podcast. Sponsored by Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Dec 15th, 2022.
Invited guest speaker in “TRENDS Podcast: COVID-19 Exacerbates Existing Inequities” KGNU. 88.5 FM Community Radio. Episode Aired on show A Public Affair, May 14, 2020.
Invited guest speaker in “Pasa la voz” KGNU. 88.5 FM Community Radio. Episode Aired on show #161- DACA, Nov 19, 2018.
- Ph.D., Spanish, University of Colorado Boulder, 2020
- MA, Spanish, University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
- BA, World Languages, Northeastern Illinois University, 2011
- AA, (Arts), Wilbur Wright College, 2009
“Comic Book Depictions of the Mexico City Earthquake of 1985.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.
“Cracks as Portals of Change: A Reading of Disasters in Juan Villoro's Novel Materia dispuesta (1997).”The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Issue 75.2, (Fall 2021): 157-170.
Border Thinking: LatinX Youth: Decolonizing Citizenship by Andrea Dyrness and Enrique Sepúlveda III, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, Vol. 5, 2021: 277-279.