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Dissertations (2020-Current)

2022 | 2021 | 2020


Rachel Allen. . 2022




Laura Itzel Bernal Ríos. . 2022



Rubria Rocha de Luna. . 2022







Sueli Rocha-Rojas. Under the eye of the camera: gitano film and photography on spain 1950-1970. 2021


Leanee Díaz Sardiñas. la iglesia contra los derechos del colectivo lgbtiq+. panorama de las relaciones ESTADO-IGLESIA, 1510-2020. 2021


This dissertation joins a conversation in the social sciences about the effects of religion on civil rights. It takes Cuba as a case study, examining the influence of right-wing American evangelicals on the rights of LGBTIQ+ communities in Cuba. Churches today are playing a more prominent role in Cuban society by helping the government ease the burden of a stagnant economy by supporting welfare programs. In return, they have more freedom of expression. Cuban Protestants are a small but influential group in Cuba. They greatly depend on their U.S counterparts for theological training and financial resources. Alarm over evangelical Protestant influence in Cuba arose in 2019 after these groups threatened to vote ‘no’ in a referendum to amend the Cuban Constitution if article 68, allowing Same-Sex Marriage, was included. The Catholic Church also spoke out against the article. The government withdrew the amendment, largely because of this strong reaction from the churches. Protestant denominations and the Catholic Church have learned to work together to address the same moral issues, especially opposition to the same-sex union. Analyzing this relationship within the context of Church and State relations in Cuban history, my dissertation highlights the political effects of religion on Cuban society. I claim that the religious legacy of the Spanish and North American empires in Cuba, manifested in the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations respectively, have constituted throughout the history of Cuba a force opposed to the decisions of the Cubans. This phenomenon reveals Cuba’s lack of national freedom, even under a dictatorship, and proves that Cuba is still ideologically linked to and influenced by the legacy of its imperial past.





By the first decade of the 21st century, the Central American population in the United States has become the third largest group of Hispanic or Latinx origin; however, their involvement in various aspects of US society (e.g. literature) is still disproportionally representative of the population. The purpose of this dissertation is to critically study transnational Central American narratives, including literature and film, produced in the United States from 1980 to the present, seeking to contribute to the effort of expanding the representation in the academic realm of this rapidly growing transmigrant community.

Presented is a framework to the US-Central American transnational narrative, focusing on how the narrative of Guatemalan-American professor, journalist and novelist Francisco Goldman; Guatemalan author and journalist Héctor Tobar; Honduran author Roberto Quesada; Salvadoran-American professor and author Marco Villatoro; Salvadoran author and painter Mario Bencastro; Nicaraguan-American author Silvio Sirias; Guatemalan novelist and critic Arturo Arias and Garifuna director Ruben Reyes broaden the heretofore accepted meaning of the socially constructed term Latinix, (commonly identified as of Cuban, Puerto Rican or Mexican origins) by introducing to US Latinx narrative ‘Central American themes,’ including the seldom studied Central American immigrant, a political agenda regarding US-Central American relationship and the inclusion of subjects from minority groups such as Mayan and Garinagu.




This dissertation analyzes the hegemonic and counterhegemonic movements that have entangled the Latinx community from a historical, literary, and artistic perspective and how the processes of exclusion and assimilation inscribed in both of these concepts aided to further marginalize non-normative masculinities.

This interpretation follows the problematization of humanities and interdisciplinarity posed by Gender Studies. This interdisciplinarity combines history, literature, politics, and art. By tackling this issue from these points of view, this dissertation aims to dismantle the creation of nationalistic, gendered, and sexualized identities through these lenses.

At first, we will define how the hegemonic state was created in the United States and the fallacies it built in order to do so. Going through the historiography of the frontier, this first chapter will conceptualize how space and history were deployed to marginalized Hispanic and Native populations through the movement East to West.

In the second chapter I analyze the evolution of counterhegemonic discourses and the making of a new national mythos for the Chicano population through the defense of Aztlán and how this new paradigm nevertheless becomes problematic through the examination of gender roles in it.

In the third chapter we will shift to focus on the escape from this dichotomy through the extrication of the individual from the community. How the gender constructs pushed non-normative men outside of the community. Following three models of masculinity – the intellectual, the sick, and finally the homosexual – this chapter will deconstruct the expulsion of these individuals and the potential ways this exit disrupted their personality.

Finally, we will center our analysis in the movement beyond identity politics and community. How the disengagement from them through what we will call misidentification as a posthegemonic practice to disengage from any assimilationist or normative identity proves to be fundamental for new understandings of the individual.

The conclusion of this dissertation can be summarized in the rejection of the modern concept of the identity, and in the transformation of humanities. Likewise, I conclude in favor of moving beyond monolithic understandings of identity through the withdrawal from the hegemony/counterhegemony power structure.