Visiting Spanish Instructor
Spanish and Portuguese Dept.
Office: Callaway S502
Rafael Ramírez Mendoza is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, currently finishing his dissertation on Modernity and Surrealism in Peru. He received his B.A. in Literature from Villarreal University in Lima, and his M.A. in Spanish from UCLA. His research focuses on Andean studies, the Hispanic avant-gardes, and violence and memory discourses.
Rafael has published an article on Peruvian modernity that appeared in Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and a book chapter that puts into critical dialogue the testimonies of victims of the Lucanamarca massacre with the macro-narrative of the Peruvian Truth Commission—this essay received the José María Arguedas Prize awarded by LASA for the best academic article published about Peru in 2016. Rafael’s publications also include edited special issues of the UCLA peer-reviewed journal Mester and the artistic and literary magazine Párrafo; an annotated translation of a manuscript by César Moro; and interviews with John Beverley and film director Claudia Llosa; among others.
At UCLA, Rafael taught a variety of Spanish language, culture, and literature courses, and also was an instructor for the UCLA Study Abroad Program in Spain.
Rafael is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA).