Research Expertise and Interest
Chicanx Latinx Studies, poetry
John Alba Cutler is an associate professor in the Department of English. He specialize in US Latino/a/x literatures, with special emphasis on modernism, poetry, and print culture. His current project, “Latinx Modernism and the Spirit of Latinoamericanismo,” examines the prodigious literary output of US Spanish-language serials in the early twentieth century. Daily newspapers, weekly magazines, literary reviews, and anarchist journals were the primary literary institutions for Latinx communities during this time period, publishing tens of thousands of original and reprinted poems, short stories, and crónicas. This project illuminates an entire field of Latinx modernism that these periodicals sponsored at the intersections of Latin American and US Latino/a/x identity and thought. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the American Council of Learned Societies. I'm currently a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee and the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Board of Directors.