Ylce Irizarry is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research areas include Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures, Narrative, Ecocriticism, Testimonio, and Visual Rhetorics. Irizarry’s work focuses on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of literature: what representations of Latina/o/x experience look like and why authors have made the specific generic, linguistic, and visual choices ultimately appearing in their cultural production. Her monograph Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois P, 2016) is the recipient of the 2018 National Chicana and Chicano and Latina and Latino Literary and Cultural Studies Book Award and the 2017 MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary Cultural Studies. More recent publications appear in journals including Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Symbolism: An International Journal of Critical Aesthetics and these edited volumes: Latinidad at the Crossroads: Insights into Latinx Identity in the 21st Century, Latinx Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, & the Decolonial, and Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imaginary. Irizarry has received awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teaching Award (USF); a Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award (USF); Status of Latinos (SOL, USF) Faculty Award for Community Engagement, and a Florida Education Fund/McKnight Faculty Development Fellowship. Outside research and teaching, service to Latinx Studies and underrepresented communities is a personal commitment Irizarry meets as often as possible. She guest lectures on Latina/o/x culture and identity, delivers workshops on diversity, higher education, and professional development for underrepresented students, and continues to serve on the Executive Council of the Latina/o Studies Association.
Associate Professor of English
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Discipline: Chicanx and Latinx Literary Studies
Author, Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature: The New Memory of Latinidad (University of Illinois P, 2016).
Winner, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 2018 Book Award
Winner, 12th MLA Prize in US Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies