Dara E. Goldman

 Dara Goldman

Contact Information

109 English Building

Office Hours

  • Tues, 2-3, 109 English or by appointment
Director, Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations


Dara E. Goldman is an Associate Professor of Spanish, specializing in contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultures, gender and sexualities studies and cultural studies. She is the author of Out of Bounds: Islands and the Demarcation of Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean (Bucknell Univ. Press, 2008) and is currently completing a project on how recent Cuban cultural production challenges dominant depictions of the island as a land frozen in time, available for touristic consumption, or as a model of anti-imperial resilience. The book analyzes literature, film, and music that challenges such depictions, unearthing the conditions they mask. She has also published articles on how Caribbean identities are represented in contemporary literature and film, on gender in Caribbean music, and on Jewish cultural production.  Professor Goldman has served as Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Global Diaspora and Migration Initiative, and currently directs the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. She also  holds appointments as Affiliate Faculty in several camps units, including the Comparative and World Literatures, Center for Global Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latina/Latino Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory.

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Domincan Republic, Puerto Rico)
  • Latin America
  • U.S. Caribbean/Latino

Research Description

My work examines the persistent role of the national in a transnational and globalized world. As a result, I examine forms of literary and cultural expression that engage both the local and the translocal. My current scholarship focuses on topics such as Latin American detective fiction, music and mobility, gender in reggaetón, Jewish cultural production in Cuba, and the evolving role of "diaspora" and diasporic studies in contemporary cultural studies. 


  • Ph.D. Emory University
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.A. Columbia University

Selected Publications


Photo of publication
Out of Bounds: Islands and the Demarcation of Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean Lewisburg, PA Bucknell University Press 2008. Amazon listing.

Journal Articles

Something a Bit Queer: Hunches, Hauntings, and Hangovers in Leonardo Padura's _La neblina de ayer_ Revista Hispánica Moderna 72 1 2019, p. 61-77.
Wandering Subjects and Out(rageous) Jews: Time, Space, and Trans-Connectivity in Jill Soloway's _Transparent_ submitted 2017.
Taking Stock: (Re)Counting the Layers of Abilio Estévez's _Inventario secreto de la Habana_ (2004) submitted 2017.
Walk Like a Woman, Talk Like a Man: Ivy Queen's Troubling of Gender Latino Studies 15 4 2017, p. 439-57. online first access.
There's (Always) Something About Cuba: Security and States of Exception in a Fundamentally Unsafe World SAQ 107 2 2008, p. 339-54.
Next Year in the Diaspora: The Uneasy Articulation of Transcultural Positionality in Achy Obejas’s _Days of Awe_ Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 8 2004, p. 59-74.
Virtual Islands: The Reterritorialization of Puerto Rican Spatiality in Cyberspace Hispanic Review 72 3 2004, p. 375-400.

Website Articles

The Wondrous Junot Díaz Chicago Humanities Festival Blog 2013. copy of blog post.