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Dean of Arts and Letters

Dr. Robert Aguirre, Professor of English and Dean of Arts and Letters

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Nineteenth-century literature; material culture; Latin American history and culture

EDUCATION:
Ph.D., Harvard University, English and American Literature and Language
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, English

HONORS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS:
Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University (2018)

Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University (2016-17 and 2012-13)

Huntington Library Short Term Fellowship (2014)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Wayne State University (2011)

Career Development Award, Wayne State University (2007-08)

University Research Grant, Wayne State University (2003 and 1998)

Andrew Mellon Senior Fellowship, University of Michigan (AY 2005-06)

Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship, Brown University (AY 1999-2000)

 
PUBLICATIONS:
Books
Mobility and Modernity: Panama in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Imagination (Ohio State University Press, 2017). 

Informal Empire: Mexico and Central America in Victorian Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). 

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters (selected)
“Imperial Logistics: Trollope and the Question of Central America,” in New Essays on Anthony Trollope, ed. Frederick Van Dam, et al.  (Oxford University Press, 2018), 288-300.

“Victorian Literature and Latin America,” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literatures, ed. Dino Franco Felluga et al. (2015) Blackwell Reference Online.  25 September 2015.

“’Affairs of State’: Mobilities, Communication, and Race in Trollope’s The West Indies and the Spanish Main,”Nineteenth-Century Contexts 37.1 (2015): 1-20.

“The Work of Archaeology: The Maudslays in Late Nineteenth-century Guatemala,” in Entangled Knowledges: Scientific Discourses and Cultural Difference, ed. Klaus Hock and Gesa Mackenthun (Münster: Waxmann, 2012), 229-246.

“William Bullock (1780–1844): British Museum Curator and Showman in Mexico,” in The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850, ed. Karen Racine and Beatriz G. Mamigonian (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010): 223-35.

“Behind the Gallery Doors,” Publications of the Modern Language Association, 125.1 (2010): 129-133. 

“On Exhibit: Mexico in 1824,” in Remapping the Humanities, ed. Heidi Gottfried et al. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008), 161-72.

“Agencies of the Letter: The British Museum, the Foreign Office, and the Ruins of Central America,” Victorian Studies 46.2 (2004): 285-96.

“Exhibiting Degeneracy: The Aztec Children and the Ruins of Race,” Victorian Review 29.2 (2003): 40-63.

“Annihilating the Distance: Panoramas and the Conquest of Mexico, 1822-1848,” Genre: Forms of Discourse35.1 (2002): 25-54.

“Cold Print: Professing Authorship in Trollope’s An Autobiography,Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly25.4 (2002): 569-593.

“Victor Martinez’s Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida,” in Literature and its Times: Supplement, ed. Joyce Moss, 2 vols. (Farmington Hills: Gale, 2002), 2:367-77.

“Richard Rodriguez’s Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father,” in Latin American Literature and its Times, ed. Joyce Moss (Farmington Hills: Gale, 1999), 85-94.

LECTURES, ADDRESSES, AND PRESENTATIONS:
Invited Lectures or seminars
Rice University (2018, 2015, and 2012); Dickinson College (2017); UC Riverside Global Nineteenth Century seminar (2017); University of Guelph (2016); Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2012 and 2013); Bishop’s University, QC, Ogden Glass Lectures (2010); Rostock University, Rostock, Germany (2010); Harvard University (2006); Brown University (1999); University of New Mexico (1998).

National and International Conference Presentations (Selected)
“Decolonizing the Victorians.”  Special Session, Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2019.

“Muybridge at the Colonial Limit,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Supernumerary Conference, Rome, Italy, 2018.

 “Photography and Serialization,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2018

“Piranesi Among the Victorians: Ruins, the Sublime, and the Construction of Antiquity.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Florence, Italy, 2017.

 “Muybridge and Mobility,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.

“Trollope and the Spanish Main,” Trollope International Bicentenary Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 2015.

“Keywords,” Dickens International Conference, Santa Cruz, CA, 2015.

“Beyond Classification: Trollope, the Spanish Main, and Racial Thinking in the Americas,” North American Victorian Studies Association, London, ON, 2014.

“Digging for and Through the Past—Archaeological Evidence in H.R. Haggard,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, CA, 2013.

 “Science and Romantic Travel in America’s Hemispheric Empire, “American Studies Association, Baltimore, 2011.

“Trans-Oceanic Shortcuts: The Panama Route in the Global Horizon.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Montreal, 2010.

“Expanding the Victorian World,” North American Victorian Studies Association, New Haven, 2010.

“Trans-Oceanic Shortcuts.” North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, 2010.

“Expanding the Terrain of Victorian Studies,” North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Meeting, Yale University, 2008.

“Embodying the Indigenous: The Case of Julia Pastrana,” PAMLA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 2005.

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