Shawn McDaniel

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Romance Studies
Latina/o Studies Program

Academic focus:
Latin American and Latina/o literature, philosophy, and culture; Cuban and Dominican Modernismo in the United States and Europe; US imperialism in Latin America; race; critical theory; queer studies; Scottish Gaelic oral traditions, dialectology, and revitalization (Scotland, Canada, Argentina)

Current research project: 
“Arielismo and Empire,” which interrogates the ambiguous contours of arielismo—one of Latin America’s most influential anti-imperialist paradigms—and unpacks the tensions between epistemology, aesthetics, race, and religiosity in that project, both in its heyday in the early 20th century as well as in contemporary reformulations in Latin American student and political movements.

Previous positions:
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2013-2016

Academic background:
Ph.D., Latin American literature, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013
M.Phil, Hispanic literatures, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2011
M.A., Spanish, The University of Oklahoma, 2007
B.A., Celtic Studies, St. Francis Xavier University, 2002

Last book read:
“Seanchaidh na Coille/The Memory-Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada” by Michael Newton

In your own time/when not working:
Walking my dog, cooking, traveling, playing guitar, painting

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Cuba: The Repeating Island, Anti-Imperialism in Latin America, Hispanic Caribbean Rhythms and Aesthetics

What most excites you about Cornell:
Contributing to important interdisciplinary dialogues among faculty, students, and the community

 Shawn McDaniel