Kevin G. McDonald

E-mail: kmcdonald@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4337

Education

  • M.A. Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
  • B.A. Comparative Literature (Summa Cum Laude), University of California, Los Angeles (2011)
  • B.A. Spanish & Portuguese (Summa Cum Laude), University of California, Los Angeles (2011)

Research

I am primarily interested in examining the ways in which Brazilian artists utilized their respective mediums to engage with modes of mourning, public education, and cultural resistance in the wake of the HIV/AIDS “crisis” (1980s- mid 1990s). Of secondary concern is expanding this interest to include a similar examination of Mexican and Cuban artists.

A more general sketch of my research interests includes:

  • 19th & 20th Century Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • HIV/AIDS Art
  • Gender, Queer, and Sexuality Studies
  • Chican@ Literature and Culture
  • 20th Century Mexican Literature and Culture
  • 20th Century Cuban Literature and Culture
  • Performance Studies
  • Hemispheric Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literary Translation
  • Cinema
  • Theatre

Prior to my graduate studies, I worked in the arts and media production, as well as with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA); these experiences continue to inform not only my research interests, but also my critical approach.

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