Carolina Beltrán

A photo of Carolina Beltrán


  • C.Phil. Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)
  • M.A. Spanish, University of California, Los Angeles (2011)
  • B.A. History, University of California, Irvine (2005)


I’m interested in Latin American Literature and Culture. In particular, I’m interested in Mexican and Andean Indigenismo, the Avant-Garde, Gender Studies, Environmental Criticism, Critical Animal Studies, Modernism. Lately, I’ve been working on Border Studies, Latin American Marxism, and community pedagogy.

Publications and Presentations


  • “Visions of the Green Fairy: Gendered Absinthe Consumption in Modernista Poetry. ” Mester, 45 (2018).
  • Co-authored with Isabel Gómez. “ ‘Are You My Revolutionary Mother?’ … and Other Questions for the Chicana M(other)work Collective.” Mester, 45 (2018).
  • Co-authored with David Rámirez. “Entrar na esfera da animalidade: Entrevista a Maria Ester Maciel.”
  • Párrafo (The Animal Issue), 8 (2016).
“Essay 451: Trash, Art, and the Lives of Animals.” Web blog post. Párrafo 451. Web. 20 April 2016.
  • Rev. of Arguedas/Vargas Llosa: Dilemas y ensamblajes, by Mabel Moraña. Mester 43 (2014-2015): 149- 154.


  • “Translation and Species Divide: Animal and Human Migration along the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Panel on “Shifting Spheres, Embodied Borders.” Third Annual Graduate Center for Literary Research Conference: Migrations. UCSB, May 27, 2016.
  • “Homero Aridjis’s Los perros del fin del mundo (Doomsday Dogs) and Mexican Narco-Capitalism” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, June 2015, Moscow, Idaho, “Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice.”
  • “The Indigenista Question of the Animal in Enrique López Albújar’s El fin de un redentor (Death of a Savior)” XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 2014, Chicago, IL. “Democracy and Memory”.
  • “The Role of Animals in the Indigenismo of José Carlos Mariátegui and Ciro Alegría” Sexto Congreso Internacional de Peruanistas en el Extranjero, October 2013, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. “El cóndor pasa: visiones incaístas, indigenistas y neoindigenistas”
  • “Of fabled foxes and Vertical Ecology: Andean Cosmovision in José María Arguedas’s El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo (The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below)” – Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, May 2013, Lawrence Kansas, “Changing Nature: Migrations, Energies, Limits”
  • Injun jinete and indio chauffeur: The Foreign, the Autochthonous and the Dialectical in Mariátegui’s Civilización y el caballo (Civilization and the Horse)” – UCLA April 2013, “Insisting on Modernity”
  • “Embarked Poetry: Hispanic Solidarity in Rafael Alberti’s 13 bandas y 48 estrellas (13 Stripes and 48 Stars)” – University of Chicago October 2012, “En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian and Latin American Literature”
  • Bodies in/as Spaces of Violence: the Gender of Prison in Jose Revueltas’s El apando (The Cell)” – Tulane University March 2012, “Spaces Written in Violence / Violence Written in Spaces”