Vinodh Venkatesh

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Vinodh Venkatesh, an associate professor of Spanish, for his research on issues of gender, subjectivity, and the urban space in contemporary Hispanic narratives.

photo of Scholar of the Week Vinodh VenkateshVenkatesh’s research interests include Latin American literature and cinema, Spanish literature and cinema, masculinity studies, urban studies, and queer theory. A current project is an analysis of the intersection between ethics, politics, and spectacle in Spanish cinema.

He is director of the graduate studies master’s degree program in foreign languages, cultures, and literatures. In 2015 he received an Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

He is the author of several books including “The Body as Capital: Masculinities in Contemporary Latin American Fiction,” and “New Maricón Cinema: Outing Latin American Film.”

Venkatesh received his B.A. in Spanish and public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his master’s in Spanish literature from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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