John Ribó

Assistant Professor
WMS 437B
U.S. Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean literatures, comparative literature, cultural studies, popular culture

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.



  • “Haiti in the Latinx Literary Imaginary.” In Latinx Literature and Critical Futurities, 1992-2020.

In Progress

  • Haitian Hauntings, 90,000-word book manuscript.

Book Reviews

  • Salsa Consciente: Politics, Poetics, and Latinidad in the Meta-Barrio by Andrés Espinoza Agurto. American Literary History, Volume 35, Issue 3, Fall 2023.
  • Diary of Fire by Elías Miguel Muñoz. Cuban Studies, vol. 49, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Toussaint Louverture: Repensar un icono edited by Mariana Past and Natalie M. Léger. Journal of Haitian Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, 2018.
  • The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez & Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez by Frederick L. Aldama. Chiricú, vol. 1, no. 1, 2016.