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Jose Gomez

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Spanish
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

José Juan Gómez-Becerra is a PhD candidate in Spanish literature and culture at Arizona State University. He received a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from California State University, Northridge. In a form of a dissertation, José Juan is researching the theatrical dimensions of the barrio in Chicana/o theatre. His research interest are Spanish language and literature in the U.S., Latin-American cultural production, and literature of the Mexican Revolution. He is an ardent advocate for Spanish as a heritage language and Spanish cultural production in the U.S.

José Juan is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Emeritus Faculty Fellowship at ASU. Currently, he is serving as the Rocky Mountain Foco representative (2017-2019) for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). In 2016, he was selected as the MLA/Mellon Connected Academics Research Fellow at Arizona State University. That same year, José Juan also participated at the SEGGAU International Summer School of Thought in Graz, Austria. He is the recipient of various awards, such as the Outstanding Mentor Award offered by the Graduate and Professional Student Association, Teaching Excellence Award (SILC), ASU’s Mexican-American Publication Award, and the Quino E. Martínez scholarship. 

Education
  • PhD Candidate, Spanish Literature and Cultures, with Distinction, Arizona State University, Tempe
    • Committee Chair: Dr. Jesús Rosales
    • Dissertation Title: T(r)opofilia y el barrio: las dimensiones teatrales del barrio como microcosmo dramático en el teatro chicana/o.
  • MA in Spanish, with distinction, California State University, Northridge, 2013.
  • B.A. Chicana/o Studies, with Honors, California State University, Northridge, 2011.                                              
    • Minor in Spanish
    • Study Abroad, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2007-2008.

 

Research Interests

Place and space in Chicana/o theatre

Chicana/o Literature and culture

Spanish in the U.S.

Urban cultural production Latinx U.S. and Latin American

Spanish heritage language pedagogy

 

Publications

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Sin querer queriendo: Latinx should be a Race.” In U.S. Latino Issues, 2nd ed., editor Rodolfo F. Acuña, ABC-CLIO, (2017), pp. 37-40.“

       2. El juglar como agente transfronterizo: multiculturalidad en la Europa medieval.” The ArizonaCenter of Medieval

           and Renaissance Studies, ACMRS, October, 2016.

       3. “Fronteras mexicanas: propuestas para zurcir el manto cultural en la nueva narrativa mexicana.” La palabra 4.1

             (2015).

        4. “Entrvista a James García: un dramaturgo arizonense.” Puentes: revista México-chicana de literatura, cultura y

              arte, 12 (Forthcoming).

 

SUBMITTED

         1. “El matrimonio y el amor: heteronormatividad en el teatro español del siglo XX.” Mester 44 (accepted).

          2. “La literatura chicana en los libros de textos para lengua heredada: inclusión, afectos y efectos del español

               en los Estados Unidos.” Hispania (2017). (Under Review).

          3. “Imágenes disonantes en El precio del sueño americano I: la disrupción del simulacro en el cine B.” Foro

               Internacional de Análisis Cinematográfico. (Under Review).

 

REVIEWS

          1. Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice. Eds. Francisco X. Alarcón and Odilia Galván Rodríguez.

               Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2016. Chasqui 45.2 (Fall 2016).

          2. Cesar Chavez. Dir. Diego Luna, Lionsgate, Estados Unidos, 2014. Dur. 102. Chasqui (accepted, Fall 2017).

          3. Barrio Dreams: Selected Plays by Silviana Wood. Editors, Norma E. Cantú and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, editors.

              U of Arizona P, 2016. Chasqui. (Under Review).

 

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS

           1. “Metztli.” Ventana Abierta: Revista Latina de Literatura, Arte y Cultura vol. XIV, no. 42 (primavera 2017), pp. 36.

           2. “El racismo no tiene alas.” Ventana Abierta: Revista Latina de Literatura, Arte y Cultura vol. XIV, no. 42

                (primavera 2017), pp. 36.

            3. “Esterilización.” InVerso vol. 16 (2012).

 

TRANSLATIONS

           1. Gómez-Becerra, José Juan, and Sharonah Frederick, translators. “The Minstrel as an Embodiment of Change:

               Multiculturalism in Medieval Europe.” The Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ACMRS,

               October 2016.

Research Activity

Research Fellow, MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, Graduate College, ASU, 2016-2017

An initiative of the Modern Language Association (MLA) funded by the Mellon Foundation, Connected Academics aims at broadening career possibilities for Ph.D. students in the Humanities. As a fellow in ASU’s partnership with the initiative, I mobilized knowledge about professional and academic development to meet the needs of Ph.D. students facing the current academic and alt-track job markets. These conversations were fomented through a monthly workshop series, interinstitutional and interdepartmental collaboration, and a colloquium for careers in the Arts and the Humanities. Overall, the goal of the initiative is to engage humanities Ph.D. students into thinking about the public humanities and the potential of their work to concomitantly reach academic and non-academic publics.

 

Research Assistant to Dr. Sara Beaudrie, director of the Spanish Language Learning Program, School of International

         Letters and Cultures, ASU, 2015-2016

This research experience entailed working with the development and promotion of the Spanish Heritage Language program. In my year as R.A., the program had an enrollment increase of over 200%, part of my duties was to collect and interpret this data. In addition to recruitment, I was also responsible for the review and development of course materials (i.e. syllabi, calendars, PowerPoints, readings) for the SHL courses.

 

Research Assistant to Dr. David William Foster, Emeritus, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU,  2014-2015

During this academic year, I assisted Dr. Foster in locating research materials and in reading and offering feedback in articles and two book manuscripts; recently published as El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil (2016), and Picturing the Barrio: Ten Chicano Photographers (2017).

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 471Indohispanomexicano Civilizatn
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 101Elementary Spanish
SPA 486Chicano/a Novel:Ultima,Rafa
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 325Intro to Hispanic Literature
SPA 412Adv Conversation/Composition
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 464Jaiton Works in Chicano/a Lit
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 464Mexican American Literature
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Spanish Convers/Comp Bilingual
SPA 464Mexican American Literature
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Spanish Convers/Comp Bilingual
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 315Spanish Convers/Comp Bilingual
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 472Spanish American Civilization
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 102Elementary Spanish
SPA 472Spanish American Civilization
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Honors / Awards

Emeritus Faculty Fellowship, Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars, ASU (2017-2018)

MLA/Mellon Connected Academics Research Fellowship (2016-2017)

Graduate Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2017)

Outstanding Mentor Award, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU (2017)

2017 Pitch Competition, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU (2017)

Teaching Excellence Award, Arizona State University, SILC, (2016)

SEGGAU School of Thought, U of Graz, Austria: 2nd place Poster competition (2016)

David-Herzog-Fonds Scholarship, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (2016)

Mexican-American Publication Award, Arizona State University, (2016)

Quino E. Martinez Scholarship (2016)

Research Travel Award, ASU, GPSA (2016)

Academic Conference Travel Award, ASU, SILC, (2016)

Hispanic Heritage Month, ASU, Tempe, Inspiring Professor (2014)

Second place LUCIA 1st Spanish poetry contest (2011)

Barbara Ann Ward Scholarship, CSU Northridge (2009-2011)

La Raza scholarship, CSU Northridge (2009)

Professional Associations

Modern Language Association (MLA)

 

National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS)

 

Sigma Delta Pi: Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

WORKSHOPS OFFERED

“From CA to Sustainable Career Advisement Models: A Symphonic Self through Digital Portfolios.”

          MLA/Mellon Connected Academics Summer Institute, Arizona State University, September 15, 2017.

              “Estudios chicanas/os en español: abogando por la presencia del lenguaje y la raza desde ASU.” MEChA

                        de ASU, Raza Youth Conference, ASU, 2016.

               “Mi voz, mi lucha, mi tierra: el español en Estados Unidos y la literatura chicana.” MEChA de ASU, Raza

                         Youth Conference, ASU, 2016.

               “Taller de escritura creativa: poesía.” MEChA de CSUN, Raza Youth Conference, CSU Northridge, 2015.

               “Financial Aid Opportunities.” Educational Opportunity Program’s Parent and Guardian Initiative (EOP) at

                          California State University, Northridge, 2014.

                “Keep Calm and Go to College.” MEChA de CSUN, Raza Youth Conference, CSU Northridge, 2014.

                 “I Am My Story: I Am My Poem” Presented for Chicano/a Studies supplementary course

                           with Angélica Amezcua, California State University, Northridge, 2014.

 

                 WORKSHOPS FACILITATED

   “Redefining the Academic Gold Standard and Knowledge Mobilization In and Outside Academia.”

                Colloquium for Careers in the Arts and the Humanities, MLA/Mellon Connected Academics,

                ASU, April 2017.

                 “Voice Matters: An Introduction to the Production of Audio Texts.” Professional Fridays Series,

                              MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, ASU, April 2017.

                  “3-minute Humanities Pitch Competition.” Professional Fridays Series, MLA/Mellon Connected

                              Academics, ASU, April 2017.

                    “Intentional Academic and Professional Development.” Professional Fridays Series,

                                  MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, ASU, March 2017.

                    “Alternative Career Pathways for Humanists: An Evening with Dr. Mary O’Reilly and Dr.

                    Jacqueline Hettel.” Professional Fridays Series, MLA/Mellon Connected Academics,

                    ASU, February 2017.

                   “Crafting a Perfect Speech with Richelle Weihe: 2017 SESE Pitch Competition.” Professional

                                 Fridays Series, MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, ASU, January 2017.

     “Practical and Rhetorical Strategies for Pitching Research Ideas in the Humanities.” Professional

                                Fridays Series, MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, ASU, November 2016.

                  “Best Practices and the Dialectic of a Career in the Humanities.” Professional Fridays Series,

                               MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, ASU, October 2016.

Service

SERVICE TO THE FIELD Rocky Mountain Foco Representative. National Association for Chicana Chicano Studies (NACCS), 2017-2019 Co-chair. “The Future of Chican@/x Studies.” Second NACCS Rocky Mountain Foco Virtual Conference, September 29 and 30, 2017. Chair. “2017 Connected Academics Colloquium for Careers in the Arts and the Humanities.” MLA/Mellon Connected Academics, Arizona State University, April 2017. Co-chair. “Honoring our Legacies.” First Rocky Mountain Foco Virtual Conference, National Association for Chicana Chicano Studies. Arizona State University, September 2016. Chair. “Congreso de Estudiantes Subgraduados de Español por Herencia (CESEH).” Arizona State University, Tempe, Spring 2016. Moderator. “Social Justice and Human Rights in Literature and Culture.” XVIII SPAGRAD Literary and Cultural Studies Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 2015. Volunteer. “HASTAC 2016.” Arizona State University, Tempe, May 2016. Moderator. “Nexus: Now Express Yourself.” Arizona Language Association Fall Conference, October 2013. SERVICE AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Spanish Heritage Language promotional/recruiting committee, 2014-2018 Chicana/o Spanish Ph.D. Track promotional/recruiting committee, 2016-2018 Minor & Major Departmental promotional/recruiting committees, 2013-2017 Digital portfolio initiative committee, Graduate College, 2016-2017 Tutor, Spanish Writing and Tutoring Center, 2014-2017 Member of the SPAGrad mentorship committee, 2014-2017 Judge for Spanish heritage language plays at High School Language Fair, ASU, 2015-2017 President, Spanish Graduate Student Association (SPAGrad), 2015-2016 Committee member, Spanish Film Festival- PRAGDA, 2015 and 2016 Committee member, Spanish Graduate Student Literary Conference, 2014-2016 Volunteer, ASU Spanish and Luso-Brazilian Graduate Linguistics Conference, 2015 and 2016 Study Abroad in Yucatán, México, promotional/recruiting committee, 2014-2015 Award Reviewer, Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), ASU 2014-2015