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Joseph M. Pierce


Associate Professor,  on leave Fall 22
Humanities Building 1139. Phone: 631.632.7461

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Joseph M. Pierce is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on the intersections of kinship, gender, sexuality, and race in Latin America, 19th century literature and culture, queer studies, Indigenous studies, and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. He is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019) and co-editor of Políticas del amor: Derechos sexuales y escrituras disidentes en el Cono Sur (Cuarto Propio, 2018) as well as the forthcoming special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable.” His work has been published recently in Taller de Letras, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Critical Ethnic Studies, and has also been featured in Indian Country Today. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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Recently taught courses

Graduate Seminars
SPN 662: Flesh, Bodies, and Consumption
SPN 612: Thirst: Sex and Being
SPN 662: Queer fin de siglo: Modernity, Sexuality, and Gender in the Southern Cone (1880-1910)
SPN 662: Bad Romance: Gender, Sexuality and Kinship in Latin America
Undergraduate Courses
SPN 435: Monsters, Cannibals, and Cyborgs
SPN 435: Latin American Masculinities
SPN 405: Yo: Technologies of Self in Latin America
SPN 435: Cosmic Blood: Scientific Discourses in Spanish American Prose
SPN 310: Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American Background
SPN 311: Spanish Conversation and Composition
SPN 312: Introduction to Literary Studies
HUS 271: Queer Latina/x Feminisms


Recent publications

Políticas del amor: Derechos sexuales y escrituras disidentes en el Cono Sur. Eds. Fernando A. Blanco, Mario Pecheny, and Joseph M. Pierce. Santiago: Editorial Cuarto Propio. 2018.

“Adopted: Trace, Blood, and Native Authenticity.” Critical Ethnic Studies 3:2 (Fall 2017): 57-76. [download

“Our Queer Breath.” QED 3.3 (October 2016): 132-134.

“Travestis, negras, boricuas, maricas.” QED: 3.3 (October 2016): 135-137.

“Feeling, Disrupting.” Biography 39:3 (Summer 2016): 434-437.

“‘Usted no es hombre para esas cosas’: Masculinidad y renegación en la obra de Carlos O. Bunge.” Taller de letras 58 (September 2016): 127-139. [download]

“Regulating Queer Desire in Carlos O. Bunge’s La novela de la sangre.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 69.1 (June 2016): 55-71. [download]

“He ahí un hombre: Composite Masculinity in Retratos y Recuerdos by Lucio V. Mansilla.” Prisma Social 13 (December 2014-May 2015). 149-172. [download]

García, Jorge, Joseph M. Pierce and Alejandra Zambrano. “Programas comunitarios de educación audiovisual como alternativa al servicio-aprendizaje en el extranjero.” Hispania 96.2 (June 2013): 342-354. [download]

Journal Dossier:

With Fernando Blanco, “Amor, sexualidad y género: Políticas del Cono Sur.” Dossier Especial. Conversaciones del Cono Sur 2.1 (2016). [View Site]