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Simón Trujillo

Assistant Professor of English

PhD. (English Language and Literature), University of Washington, 2013; M.A. (English Language and Literature), University of Washington, 2007; B.A. (English and Philosophy), University of New Mexico, 2003

Office Address: 

244 Greene St., #609

Office Hours: 

Spring 2015: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00

Phone: 

212-998-8827

Fax: 

212-995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Chicana/o and Latina/o studies and literature; US multi-ethnic literature; comparative ethnic studies in the Americas; Borderlands theories and methodologies

Bio:

Simón Ventura Trujillo is an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies in the English Department at New York University. His current book project centers on the cultural production of the New Mexican land grant reclamation movement, La Alianza Federal de Mercedes. A formative organization of the Chicana/o movement known for its armed raid of the Tierra Amarilla courthouse in 1967, La Alianza waged a dynamic and controversial campaign for the recovery of Mexican and Spanish land grants that had been lost in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War in the mid-19th century. Professor Trujillo's project situates La Alianza as an experiment in collective history writing and reads the movement's textual output alongside a heterogenous archive of multi-ethnic borderland literature. In doing so, his work explores unexamined intersections between Indigenous and Chicana/o cultural politics and contributes to critiques of colonial modernity and settler sovereignty in the Americas. Professor Trujillo teaches courses on Latina/o Studies, American ethnic literatures, critiques of multiculturalism, and the cultural politics of decolonial social movements. His pedagogy engages the practices of textual analysis, writing, and collaborative research to study how the social construction of identity—including race, gender, sex, class, and nationality— occur as a function of language. As a result, his students explore the role that reading and writing play in generating alternative identities, histories, and spatial imaginaries that resist historic forms of oppression and inequality.

Fellowships/Honors:

Mellon-Sawyer Pre-Doctoral Fellow. “B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas: The John E. Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultures," 2012-13. Office of the State Historian of New Mexico/Historical Society of New Mexico Scholars Program Fellow. 2011-12


Updated on 07/29/2015