JOHN RIBÓ, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2015), specializes in contemporary U.S. Latinx and Caribbean literatures and popular cultures. His work is driven by a fascination with the Caribbean and Central America as crossroads of the Americas and crucible of the New World.
Dr. Ribó's current research explores how Latinx artists, musicians, and writers from the Caribbean evoke images of Haiti and the Haitian Revolution to critique historical injustices and racial inequalities both on the islands and in diaspora. His next project analyzes the dark side of Pax Americana in popular television series, films, music, and literature obsessed with criminality and violence at the southern edges of U.S. empire.
- “Rethinking Latinx Studies from Hispaniola’s Borderlands.” Teaching Haiti: Strategies for Creating New Narratives, edited by Cécile Accilien and Valérie Orlando, University Press of Florida, 2021.
- “‘Neither Strangers Nor Friends’: Transnational Hispaniola and the Uneven Intimacies of The Farming of Bones.” Bloomsbury Handbook to Edwidge Danticat, edited by Jana Evans Braziel and Nadège Clitandre, Bloomsbury Press, January 2021.
- Co-edited with Delia Poey. “New Approaches to Latinx and the Caribbean.” Special Issue of Studies in American Culture, vol. 43, no. 1, 2020.
- “‘The Power of Memorializing People Not Memorialized': The Wake Work of the Shadowshaper Cypher Series and #RickyRenuncia.” ASAP/J, 2019.
- “The Challenge of Vilém Flusser: Latinidad and Its Others.” In Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, edited by Aaron Jaffe, Rodrigo Martini, and Michael F. Miller, Bloomsbury Press, 2021.
Works in Progress
- “Wake Work in Post-Maria Puerto Rico and Beyond.” In From Katrina to Michael: Disaster in the 21st-Century Circum-Caribbean.
- “Haiti in the Latinx Literary Imaginary.” In Latinx Literature and Critical Futurities, 1992-2020.
- Haitian Hauntings, 90,000-word book manuscript.
- Co-edited with Martin Munro and Vincent Joos. From Katrina to Michael: Disaster in the 21st-Century Circum-Caribbean, 70,000-word edited collection.
- Review of Diary of Fire by Elías Miguel Muñoz. Cuban Studies, vol. 49, 2020.
- Review of Let’s Hear Their Voices: Cuban American Writers of the Second Generation, edited by Iraida H. López and Eliana S. Rivero. American Literary History Online Review Series XXIII, 2020.
- Review of Toussaint Louverture: Repensar un icono edited by Mariana Past and Natalie M. Léger. Journal of Haitian Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, 2018.
- Review of The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez & Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez by Frederick L. Aldama. Chiricú, vol. 1, no. 1, 2016.