Juan Armando Rojas JooJuan Armando Rojas Joo

Professor of Modern Foreign Languages


B.A., M.A., University of Texas at El Paso
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Postdoctoral Studies, Amherst College


Rojas (Roxas) is a  transborder poet, narrator, and essayist from Ciudad Juárez, México. Juan Armando Rojas Joo has published Sanctuaries Desert Sea / Santuarios desierto mar (2015, 2004), Light / Luz (2013), Vertebral River / Río vertebral (2009, 2002), Ceremonial of Wind / Ceremonial de viento (2006)and Lluvia de lunas (1999). Rojas also co-edited the anthologies Sangre mía / Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (2013) and Canto a una Ciudad en el Desierto (2004), a set of poetic denouncements against feminicide. Rojas has participated in many national and international conferences and poetry festivals and his scholar and literary work has also been published in reviews and anthologies of several countries. Presently his main professional and personal interests are Academic Leadership, Mexican and Border Studies, and Poetry.

Rojas Joo has a primary area of specialization in Latin American Literature and its cultures, and secondary areas in Literary Theory and Colonial Literature. Rojas has led a Travel-Learning Course to México for beginning Spanish students to study culture and practice the language, and he constantly supports students’ Theory to Practice research grants. He was awarded a Mellon Ohio Five grant to have students learn and develop Digital Liberal Arts projects in Latin American literature and culture topics such as “Ciudad Juárez Urban Art and Poetry” <http://ciudadjuarezartandpoetry.org/neatline/fullscreen/main>

Rojas completed his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2002 and taught at Amherst College, Massachusetts, before moving to Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004. He was the program director for the OWU Salamanca, Spain, study abroad program from 2008 to 2011, and chaired the Department of Modern Foreign Languages from 2011 to 2016. Among other honors, the University of Coimbra, Portugal, named him as its international resident poet in Spring 2011. Rojas currently teaches Spanish and Hispanic American Literature and serves as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

Publications / Presentations (2015-2017)


Santuarios   desierto mar / Sanctuaries   desert sea, translated to English by Jennifer Rathbun. New York: Artepoética Press, 2015. Print

Refereed Journal Articles

“Género e identidad, elementos en la poesía comprometida de tres poetas de la frontera: Arminé Arjona, Susana Chávez y Micaela Solís” Frontera Norte II: iMex-Revista.com Winter 2015 (No. 9): n. pag. Web.  Dusseldorf, Germany.

“Un canto más allá del habla: la poesía trovadoresca de Ricardo Yáñez” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. El Paso, TX: 2015. 123-136. Print

Book Chapters

“Adamar de Minerva Margarita Villarreal: un recorrido lírico por el amor” Erotismo y lenguaje en la poética de Minerva Margarita Villarreal. Ed. Ludivina Cantú Ortiz. Monterrey, Nuevo León: Ediciones Sin Nombre. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2017. 95-113. Print

“The Lightning Bolt: The Allegory of Creation in Alberto Blanco’s Afterglow De Aztlán al Río de la Plata. Studies in Honor of Charles M. Tatum. Ed. Sergio Martínez. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2016. 307-324. Print


“Desde la ventanilla” and “La casa amurallada”, The Edge of One of Many Circles. Homenagem a Irene Ramalho Santos. Comps. Caldeira, Isabel, et al, vol. 1. Portugal: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2017: 65-67. Print.

“Lluvia y sol” and “Éxodo”, Plurivozes Americanas American Plural Voices Plurivoces Americanas. Ed. Gisele Giandoni Wolkoff. Brazil: Editora CRV, 2015: 153-159. Print


Contact Info


University Hall #201
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3694