Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
B.A., M.A., University of Texas at El Paso
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Postdoctoral Studies, Amherst College
Born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, Juan Armando Rojas Joo completed his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2002, was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College, Massachusetts, from 2002–2004, and he received his B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso. Rojas has also been invited to teach literature seminars at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, and the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México. During the Spring of 2011, Rojas was honored by the Universade de Coimbra, Portugal, as the resident poet.
Rojas has a primary area of specialization in Latin American Literature and its cultures, and secondary areas in Literary Theory, Colonial Literature, and Peninsular Literature of the XIXth and XXth Centuries. Presently his main professional and personal interests are Academic Leadership, Mexican and Border Studies, and Poetry.
Rojas’ scholar and literary work has been published in reviews and anthologies of several countries, and as a poet has published Luz / Light (2013), Vertebral River / Río vertebral (2009, 2002), Ceremonial of Wind / Ceremonial de viento (2006), Santuarios desierto mar (2004), and Lluvia de lunas (1999). In 2004, Rojas co-edited the anthology Canto a una ciudad en el desierto, a poetic denouncement against femicide, and most recently a bilingual anthology, Sangre mía/ Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (2013).
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