New Faculty: Vanessa Gubbins

Vanessa Gubbins

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies

Academic focus:

Latin American poetry, politics and theory since the 1800s (Andean region and Southern Cone, including indigenous philosophies) and its conversations with German literature and philosophy; critical theory; feminist theories; Marxism and psychoanalysis

Current research project: 

“The Poem and Social Form: Making a People out of a Poem in Peru and Germany”

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., Comparative literature, Yale, 2021
  • M.A., Comparative literature, Yale, 2018
  • M.Phil., Comparative literature, Yale, 2018
  • B.A., Comparative literature and philosophy, New York University, 2013

Last book read:

“Terminal Boredom” by Izumi Suzuki

In your own time/when not working:

Reading/watching speculative fiction; hiking with my dog; dancing and attending live music events 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Dreams and Resisting Totalitarianism courses this fall and Poetry After the Invention of America in the spring 

What most excites you about Cornell:

Collaborating with students and faculty across disciplines to reflect on and address issues facing our present world 

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