Profile for Omar Granados

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Specialty area(s)

Contemporary Latin American and Latino literature and cultural studies, Caribbean studies, film studies, migration studies and literary translation.

Brief biography

 Dr. Granados grew up in Havana, Cuba and later received his PhD from Emory University, in Atlanta. He is interested in cultural approaches on migration, collective memory, documentary and social justice and the role of public scholarship in our communities. He has authored numerous academic articles and chapters in edited collections and is currently working on a book entitled After Fidel: The Cultural Work of Mourning in Post-Socialist Cuba which examines literary, historic and film narratives from Cuba and the Cuban diaspora. Dr. Granados is also a published translator of censored Cuban fiction. At UWL, Dr. Granados teaches courses on Latin American literature, history and cultural studies, contemporary film and visual culture, Latino studies, and Spanish language. Dr. Granados also serves in the role of Director of the UWL Institute for Latin American and Latino Studies.  

Current courses at UWL

SPA 420 "Unruly Women Write" 

SPA 403 "Remapping the Hispanic Caribbean"

SPA 390 "Migrations: The Writing Experience"

SPA 390 "Latinos in the United States"

SPA 351 "Children and Adolescents in Hispanic and Latino Cinema"

SPA 321 "Civilization and Culture in Latin America"

SPA 326 "Unveiling Cuba" (Abroad, in Havana)

SPA 326 "Fake News in Latin America"

SPA 326 "Cultural Agency in the Americas"

SPA 300 "Oral Proficiency & Grammar Review"




PhD. Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Emory University, 2012
M.A. Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Emory University, 2010
B.A Area and International Studies/ English, Universidad de la Habana - University of Vermont, 2004

Teaching history

Emory University
University of Havana, Cuba

Research and publishing

Recent Selected Publications:

-“Voces Cubanas: Cyberactivism, Civic Engagement and the making of Cubanía in Contemporary Cuba” Online Activism in Latin America. Ed. Hilda Chacon. New York: Routledge, 2018.

-“¿Ha surgido la literatura postdictatorial en Cuba?” Revista Letral: Estudios trasatlánticos de literatura. No 18. 2017. 

-“Cuban in the Tundra: The 1980 Cuban Refugee Program of Fort McCoy.” Cuban Counterpoints. September- October 2016. 

-“La ninfa inconstante: nuevos apuntes sobre la reescritura en Guillermo Cabrera Infante”. La Habana elegante. Otoño-Invierno, No. 56, 2014.

- “A not so Boring Home: Intertextualidad, exilio y diseminación en la obra de Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.” Un pueblo disperso: La diáspora cubana y otras diásporas. Ed. Duany, Jorge. Madrid: Aduana Vieja, 2014.

- “Children, Material Culture and the “New Man” Ideology in Contemporary Cuban Film.” Red Feather: A Journal of Children’s Visual Culture. Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2014.



Omar Granados, CL-21, presented "Revisiting the Mariel Exodus of 1980: The Cubans of Fort McCoy" at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) on Nov. 4, 2016 in UW-La Crosse. His talk was featured in the La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 5.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2016