Zorimar Rivera Montes

Zorimar Rivera Montes

Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies
PhD, Northwestern University

contact info:

office hours:

  • Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm (in-person), Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm on zoom @ wustl.zoom.us/j/5817808782

mailing address:

    MSC 1077-146-310
    ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

My areas of interest include Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latinx cultures of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on their expression of colonialism, neoliberalism, migration and decolonial thought.  

My research currently focuses on contemporary Puerto Rican culture. I examine how popular culture, literature, and performance express and produce knowledge about issues such as colonialism, debt, labor, and migration. My current research project focuses on the debt crisis in Puerto Rico, investigating how recent cultural expressions (poetry, popular culture, and media) have been transformed by and transform the current cultural landscape. I look at cultural productions that reveal the links between indebtedness and coloniality and show how cultures are fundamental sites of knowledge and decolonial resistance. I have published the article “On Opacity: Queerness and Latinidad in Justin Torres' We the Animals” in Latino Studies and research on the role of nationalism in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community activism in Istor: Revista de historia internacional. Most recently, I have written a scholarly review for The Latinx Project.

I teach classes on migration, labor, neoliberalism, and coloniality in Caribbean and Latinx cultures and on Latinx Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.