Faculty

Gabriela Bacsan

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Department:Department of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Office Address: Balch 212
Office Phone: (909) 607-3359
Email: GBacsan@Scrippscollege.edu
Gabriela Bacsan

Academic History

Ph.D. - Literature, with a specialization in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, University of California, San Diego
M.A. - Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of California, San Diego
B.A. - Spanish and Latin American Literatures & Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

Gabriela Bacsán is a scholar of Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, and Gender Studies. Her primary research centers on contemporary Cuban literatures and cultures with a focus on the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. Her book project examines how cultural productions by Cuban women both within the island and in the diaspora explore and challenge contemporary transformations of urban space, the effects of migration, and the implications of post-soviet subject formation of Cuban womanhood in Havana since the 1990s. Her scholarly interests also include contemporary Latin American literature and film, historical memory studies, critical geographies, and tourism studies.

Biography

Gabriela Bacsan (Balch 211) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at Scripps College. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Political Science at UC Berkeley. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature, with a specialization in Latin American Cultural Studies, at UC San Diego. Her fields of interest are Caribbean studies, transnational and intersectional representations and conceptualizations of queerness in Latin America, historical memory studies, critical geographies, and tourism studies. Her research centers on Cuban literatures and cultures with a focus on the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. Her book project examines how contemporary cultural productions by Cuban women both within the island and in the diaspora explore and challenge contemporary transformations of urban space, the effects of migration, and the implications of post-soviet subject formation of Cuban womanhood in Havana since the 1990s. One of the articles she is currently preparing for publication examines the Cuban Ministry of Tourism’s current marketing campaign, focusing specifically on how gender, race, and authenticity are deployed to sell the island as paradise.

Courses Taught

Core 3 - Resilience and Resistance: Women of Color in the United States
Spanish 33 - Intermediate Spanish
Spanish 103 - Advanced Conversation and Composition
Spanish 116 - Beyond Neoliberal Imaginaries: Contemporary Representations of the City in
Chile and Cuba
Spanish 131 - Queer Lives in Latin America
Spanish 154 - Trans-Caribbean Formations: Translating Identity, Race, and Gender in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Spanish 156 - From Macondo to McOndo: Revisiting the Latin American Short Story