Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Dr. Héctor García Chávez

TITLE/S: Senior lecturer and director, Latin American and Latinx Studies program; Associate Faculty, WSGS and Honors program 

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OFFICE #: Crown Center 117, Lewis Towers 920

Phone: 773.508.2863


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Dr. Héctor García Chávez holds a joint appointment in Women's Studies/Gender Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and serves as Director of Loyola's interdisciplinary Latin American and US Latinx Studies Program. He is a Loyola Sujack Master Teacher and recipient of the prestigious Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching [https://www.luc.edu/cas/stories/archive/9-27-17-hectorgarciachavez.shtml].

He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago where he studied Iberian and Latin American Literatures, Literary Theory, and Cultural Studies. He teaches courses on Spanish language and Iberian-Latin American cultures, Latin American literatures and films, Latin American-US Latinx Studies, and Queer Theory for the Spanish B.A. Program, Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Honours Program, and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies Program (B.A. and Graduate Programs). His research interests and publications are in the areas of Masculinity studies and Queer Theory in Mexican Literature and XX/XXI Latin American Literatures and Film, Transnational and Border Studies, and US  Latinx and Gender Studies. He has also been Director of Summer study-abroad programming on five occasions and most recently took both undergraduate and graduate students to study identity, migration, and gender in Barcelona [https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/modernlanguages/textfiles/flyers/Spain%20Summer%202017%20Barcelona%20WSGS%20201%20497%20Flyer.pdf]. 

He is a Board Member of two Chicago-based immigration advocacy organizations: Taller de José an NGO located in La Villita a majority Mexican-US American neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago [https://tallerdejose.org/]; and MAKE Literary Productions/Lit&Luz Festivals [http://litluz.com/] which create unique series of readings, discussions, and performances featuring renowned authors in Chicagolandia and Ciudad de México. In the recent past has invited celebrated Mexican writers Jorge Volpi, Margo Glantz, Ignacio Solares, Eloy Urroz and Georgina García Gutiérrez to Loyola in collaboration with the Chicago Mexican Consulate and the UNAM-Chicago Campus where he is a Visiting Scholar. He is currently part of an international seminar housed at El Instituto Mora in Ciudad de México and is writing a book with seminar colleagues on scandals in the public sphere [https://www.institutomora.edu.mx/Seminarios/EsferaPublica/SitePages/inicio.aspx].


Research Interests:

XX/XXI Latin American Literatures, Mexican Literature and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies & Queer Theory, Ibero-American Transatlantic & Postcolonialism Studies, Latin@ Studies, Border Studies, Contemporary Iberian, Latin@ and Latin American Cinema, Latin American Cultural Studies and Transnationalism.


Courses Taught in WSGS:

  • WSGS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WSGS 375/475: Masculinity Studies
  • WSGS 380:480: Queer Theory
  • WSGS 388: WSGS Practicum
  • WSGS 390: Directed Readings
  • WSGS 397/497: Global Contemporary Issues in WSGS: Iberia (taught in Barcelona, Espanya)

Selected Publications/Recent Academic Talks:

  • Roberto Bolaño, Enrique Serna and Juan Villoro: Parody, Dark Humor, and Literary Wit in Contemporary Mexican Literature, book project with US publisher  (in progress).
  • “ ‘Fefu and her Friends’: Performance as a method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry,” group article in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Rutgers University Press), (peer reviewed, in progress).
  • “Enrique Serna and Juan Villoro: Parody, Dark Humor and Literary Wit in Contemporary Mexican
  • Literature,” Special Session “El humor en la literatura mexicana”, LASA, Chicago, May 2014.
  • “Inverts”, “Degenerates” and “Perverts” in México City and Barcelona: Peripheral Voices Subverting the Global City,” (ACLA), NYU, March 2014.
  • “Procurando un espacio 'queer' en la narrativa de Enrique Serna,” “Literatura ‘queer’ contemporánea: subversions de la masculinidad hegemónica latinoamericana,” Special Session Presider and Program Organizer, 2014 MLA, Chicago, January 2014.
  • “Teaching Queer Theory as a Transformative Teaching Tool,” LGBT Psychology and Related Fields
  • Coming Out for LGBT Psychology in the Current International Scenario, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (IUL), Lisboa, Portugal, June 2013.
  • “Carlos Fuentes, una breve biografía,” La Raza, Chicago ImpreMedia Digital, 2nd of November 2012.
  • “Hélice neobarroca: La imagen de México en la narrativa de Carpentier,” in Actas XXXVII IILI, Universidad de Las Américas, Puebla, June 2008.
  • “Ilan Stavans and the Rise of Transnational Latino Fiction,” in The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories (Northwestern University Press on-line promotional material, 2007).
  • “Filomeno: El negro subversivo como motivo histórico literario,” ejemplar: El siglo de Alejo Carpentier (La Habana, Casa de las Américas, número 238, 2005).
  • “Latino presence in Illinois,” in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society (Danbury, Grolier Publishing, 2005).
  • “Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language,” in Amherst Quarterly Magazine, Spring, 2004.