Richmond Home
Dr. Lázaro  Lima
Dr. Lázaro Lima
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts
Professor of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies
Professor of American Studies
Ex-Officio, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board

Lázaro Lima is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies and American Studies. His publications include The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory; Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (co-edited with Felice Picano); Trevor Young: The Aesthetics of Displacement; and the forthcoming Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism. Professor Lima's interdisciplinary work on inter-American literatures and cultural history has also appeared in American Literary History, Revista Iberoamericana, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Hispanic Review and many other journals.

Grants and Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities, 2015-16.
American Library Association, 2015-16
Andrew Mellon Foundation Regional Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-06.


Lázaro Lima, Lecture, "Empire's Remains," Brown University, Providence, RI, April 21, 2011.

“Pecunia Americana: Puerto Rican States of ‘Exemption’ After the American 1898,” Plenary Lecture, Dartmouth College, The Futures of American Studies Institute, June 21-27, 2010.
“Colonial Afterlives: Science, Reproduction and Sex in Puerto Rico, c.1898-1952,” Robertson Visiting Scholar in Residence in Gender and Sexuality Studies Fund, Programs in Sexuality Studies and the Women’s Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, April 5-8, 2009.
“‘The Pill’ in Puerto Rico: Biopower and the Reproduction of Empire,” Bryn Mawr College, “Women and the Limits of Cultural Relativism,” Katherine Hepburn Center, March 27-28, 2009.
“Rethinking Sex: A State of the Field Conference,” University of Pennsylvania, Moderator for “Hope and Hopelessness Panel: Lisa Duggan and José Esteban Muñoz,” March 4-6, 2009.
“Thinking Through Immigration: Migrancy, Borders, and the U.S. Latino Body Politic,” Latino Dialogue Institute, University of Pennsylvania, February 23, 2009.
“The Futures of Latino Studies: Science, Fiction and the U.S. Latino Body Politic,” La literatura latina/Latino Literature II Conference on the State of the Field, University of California, Santa Cruz, November 6-8, 2008.
“Imperial Science: Biopower and ‘the American 1898,’” Dartmouth College, The Futures of American Studies Summer Institute Participant, June 16-22, 2008.
“Severed Remains: Necro-Citizenship, ‘American’ Cultural Memory, and the Latino Body Politic,” California Polytechnic State University, May 17, 2008.
“Trans Nation: Queer States of Pleasure and the Boundaries of Democracy,” Swarthmore College, Sager Symposium, March 29, 2008.
American Studies Association
Modern Language Association
Latin American Studies Association

Lima, Lázaro. Ambientes: New Queer Latino Narrative, co-edited with Felice Picano. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011

Lima, Lázaro. Trevor Young:The Aesthetics of Displacement. Washington, DC: Museum Arts Press, 2013 [updated and revised 2016]

Lima, Lázaro and Carrie Brown. Las mujeres: Latina Lives, American Dreams [documentary film], 2016.

Lima, Lázaro. Losing Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism. Houston, TX: University of Houston/Arte Público Press (forthcoming).


Lima, Lázaro. “The King’s Toilet: Cruising Literary History in Reinaldo Arenas’ Before Night Falls,” A Contracorriente, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 2012: 198-225.

Lima, Lázaro. “Locas al Rescate: The Transnational Hauntings of Queer Latinidad,” Journal of Transnational American Studies, Vol. 3.2, Winter 2011. [Reprise of previously published “outstanding work” in the field of Transnational American Studies for a wider audience.]

Lázaro Lima. "Empire's Remains: Cuba, Cuban America, and 'the American 1898,’" American Literary History, 23.2, Summer 2011. [review essay]

Lázaro Lima. "Deseos de estados 'queer' en la producción crítica latina de los Estados Unidos," Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. LXXIV, Number 225, October-December, 2008: 959-971.

Lázaro Lima. "Haunting the Corpus Delicti: Rafael Campo's What the Body Told and Wallace Stevens' Modernist Body," The Wallace Stevens Journal (Vol. 25, No. 2, Fall 2001: 220-231).


Lázaro Lima. "Art Against Oblivion: Genealogies of Queer Latino Writing," in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, co-edited with Felice Picano. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

Lázaro Lima. "On Usage: The Name of Las Cosas," co-authored with Felice Picano in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, co-edited with Felice Picano. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. 

Lázaro Lima. "Latino Louisiana," in Latino America, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, ed. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2009: 347-361. (Booklist Editor's Choice Winner, 2009)

Lázaro Lima. “Spanish Speakers and Early ‘Latino’ Expression," in American History through Literature, Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert D. Sattelmeyer, eds. New York: Charles Scribner’s and Sons, 2005: 1118-1123. 

Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
M.A., Hunter College of The City University of New York
B.A., Connecticut State University
Contact Information
332 Carole Weinstein International Center
(804) 484-1641
(804) 484-1544 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
U.S. Latino literary and cultural history
American Studies research methods
Subaltern literatures and cultures of the Americas
Film and visual culture
Gender and sexuality studies