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John Alba Cutler

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California - Los Angeles


John Alba Cutler (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008) specializes in US Latino/a literatures, multiethnic American poetry, contemporary American literature, and print culture studies. His book Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Oxford, 2015) examines how Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary works represent assimilation, and what those representations can teach us about race, gender, and the nature of literary discourse. Ends of Assimilation argues that Chicano/a literature illuminates and critiques the history of assimilation sociology, which has been blind to its own work as a cultural discourse, examining and illuminating by contrast the myriad ways that Chicano/a literature imagines cultural change.

Professor Cutler’s current project, Latinx Modernism and the Spirit of Latinoamericanismo, examines the prodigious literary output of US Spanish-language serials in the early twentieth century. Daily newspapers, weekly magazines, literary reviews, and anarchist journals were the primary literary institutions for Latinx communities during this time period, publishing tens of thousands of original and reprinted poems, short stories, and crónicas. Professor Cutler’s work illuminates an entire field of Latinx modernism that these serial publications sponsored at the intersections of Latin American and US Latinx identity and thought. During the academic year 2020-21, Professor Cutler will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, with additional support from a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Professor Cutler has published articles in English Language Notes, American Literary HistoryAmerican LiteratureMELUS, and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, among other places. He is a core faculty member of the Latina and Latino Studies Program and a member of the Board of Directors of the Recovering the US-Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.


Latina & Latino Literature, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, Poetry & Poetics, American: 20th Century



  • “At the Crossroads of Circulation and Translation: Rethinking US Latino/a Modernism,” Modernism/modernity Print Plus volume 3, cycle 3 (2018):.
  • “Rubén Darío: Latino Poet,” part of special issue on “Latinx Lives in a Hemispheric Context” edited by Maria A. Windell and Jesse Alemán, English Language Notes 56.2 (2018): 71-89.
  • "Quinto Sol, Chicano Literature, and the Long March Through Institutions," American Literary History 26 (Summer 2014): 262-294.
  • “Confronting Frontier and Industrial Violence: Latino Narratives,” The Heath Anthology of American Literature 7th Edition, Volume C, ed. Paul Lauter (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2013): 999-1014.
  • “Eusebio Chacón’s America,” MELUS 36 (Spring 2011): 109-134.
  • “Disappeared Men: Chicana/o Authenticity and the American War in Viet Nam,”American Literature 81 (September 2009): 583-611.
  • “Prosthesis, Surrogation, and Relation in Arturo Islas’s The Rain God,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 33 (Spring 2008): 7-32.

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