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Shawn McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Romance Studies

Shawn McDaniel

Klarman Hall, Room K117


Shawn McDaniel (Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY) is Assistant Professor of Romance Studies and Latina/o Studies and the Emerson-Krapels Faculty Fellow. He also affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell.

Intersecting Caribbean, Latin American, and Latinx literary and cultural studies, his research and pedagogy explore subjectivity, power, aesthetics, race, gender, sexuality, and dissidence in print, visual, and sonic cultures of the Americas from the nineteenth century to the present, especially in and in-between New York, Havana, and Montevideo.

He is working on two book projects: Centenary Subjects: Race, Reason, and Rupture in the Americas, which highlights racial, epistemological, and anarchistic tensions concealed within arielismo’s spiritual vision for Latin American youth in the early twentieth century, and Cuban Chic: Queer Deco and Diasporic Modernism in New York and Havana, which explores racial and queer liminalities in literary, graphic, sartorial, sonic, and cinematic cultures of interstitial cubanidad in New York (1895-1960), as well as its inter-American routes through Havana, Mérida, Veracruz, and Los Angeles.

Recent Courses

  • Nueva York: Caribbean Urbanisms
  • Decolonizing Latinidad
  • Caribbean Rhythms and Aesthetics
  • Dandies, Drugs, and Fetishes: Modernismo
  • Cuba: The Repeating Island
  • Perspectives on the Caribbean: Resistance and Revolution in the Caribbean
  • José Martí: Modernity and Myth
  • Survey of Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • Ethnoecology, Exploitation, and Environmentalism in Latin America
  • Anti-Imperialism in the Americas


  • Romance Studies


  • Caribbean, Latin American, and Latinx literary and cultural studies
  • Transnational Cuban print, visual, and sonic cultures
  • Latinx urban aesthetics and cultural geography
  • Latin American Modernismo
  • Race in the Americas
  • Queer theory
  • Intellectual history
  • Critical theory
  • Scottish Gaelic diasporic cultural production (Canada, United States, Argentina, the Caribbean) 


  • “To Be, or to Become?: On Reading and Recognition.” The Scholar as Human. Eds. Anna Bartel and Debra Castillo. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (forthcoming 2019).
  • “De discípulo rubendariano a la encarnación modernista: la pose aristocrática del modernismo cubano.” Actas Congreso Internacional Rubén Darío “La sutura de los mundos.” Eds. Carolina Bartalini y Rodrigo Caresani. Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (2019).
  • “Race and the Aesthetics of Frivolity in the Work of Count François G. de Cisneros.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 52.1 (2018): 3-25.
  • “Rodó en Nueva York.” Lecturas contemporáneas de José Enrique Rodó. (Ed) José Ramiro Podetti. Montevideo: Sociedad Rodoniana (2018): 349-359.
  • Votre América: Blackness and Pan-Latinism in Les démocraties latines de l’Amérique.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 68.2 (2015): 127-145.
  • “La Revista de Cayo Hueso (1897) como arbitraje del anticolonialismo en Cuba: intervenciones crítico-literarias entre Nueva York, la Florida y Perú.” La Habana Elegante 56 (2014).
  •  “Arielista Elitism and Geopolitical Exigencies in Post-War Colombia, 1902-1910.” Ciberletras 29 (2012).
  • “Julián del Casal en Las Tres Américas (1893-1896) de Nueva York: Francisco García Cisneros y el rescate del decadentismo casaliano.” La Habana Elegante 50 (2011).


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