Dr. Thania Muñoz D. is an Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latin American literature and Latinx studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), core faculty of the INCC MA program, Affiliate Faculty of Language, Literacy and Culture and Gender + Women’s Studies. She is also the Co-Editor in Chief of Latino Literatures – A Cultural and Literary Journal. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2015. Her academic interests are based on the cultural and political relations between the U.S. and Latin America. Dr. Muñoz is interested in Spanish-language materials that focus on immigration from Latin America to the United States, from the 20th Century to the present. She uses memory studies and an intertextual approach to explore how Spanish language narratives negotiate belonging and the boundaries of the United States cultural memory.
Dr. Muñoz was a member of a community-based, artist-run organization: Workshop for Community Arts (WCA); located in Santa Ana, the WCA facilitates creative workshops and events. She specifically participated in two of their projects: “Cartonera Cartography” (August 2012) and “Fullerton Cartonographies” (November 2012). These art projects brought artists and residents together to create – by means of writing, photography, art, and cardboard – a “cartonera guidebook” of the city of Santa Ana and Fullerton. In 2016, she was a guest editor for Travieso Press, a WCA project that in 2017 received a NALAC grant fund. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Tania Lizarazo on the service learning project, “Intercultural Tales: Learning With Baltimore’s Immigrant Communities”.
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
Self-Portraits of Latin America: Memory, Migration, and Identity in the 21st Century
The Politics of Spanish Language and Literature in the U.S.
Studies in Spanish Language – Writing Intensive
The Political Economy of Culture ( INCC – Core Course)
Latin America and its Diverse Cultures
300-Level Advanced Spanish Language
“Espacios de salvación y prisión: Memoria narrativa y “colindancia” en La ciudad de los hombres de Cristina Rivera Garza”. Catedral Tomada – Journal of Latin American Literary Criticism. Vol 4, Nº 7 (2016) ISSN 2169-0847.
“ ‘El Ruco Cholo Pachuco’ de Pepe Serna” at The New LATC”, Los Angeles, CA. KARPA, Dissident Theatricalities, Visual Arts and Culture. 1.2 (2008)
Review of Roberto Bolaño, Amberes. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2002. Palabras Malditas, Digital Cultural Magazine, Mexico City, 2009
Interview with Fernanda Espinosa: “Documenting Other Histories: Art, Orality, and Our Communities” Latin@ Literatures. A Cultural and Literary Journal. Vol 1. Issue 0 (online). September 2016.
“Mucho ayuda el que no es trova”. Palabras Malditas, Digital Cultural Magazine, Mexico City, 2010
“Travelogues of La Semana Negra de Gijón (The black week of Gijón) Asturias, Spain”. La Bloga, Chicana, Chicano, Latina, Latino, & more. Literature, Writers, Children’s Literature, News, Views & Review, 2008.
Spanish Literature in the U.S.: Contemporary Latin American Reflections on Language, Migration, and Home.(in preparation)
Terca. Poetry collection. Guatemala: Editorial Catafixia, 2013