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Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Rebecca Janzen is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture whose research focuses on excluded populations in Mexico. Her first book, The National Body in Mexican Literature: Collective Challenges to Biopolitical Control (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), explored images of disability and illness in 20th century texts. Her second book, Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture (SUNY, 2018), focuses on religious minorities and her third book, Unholy Trinity: State, Church and Film in Mexico (SUNY, 2021), examines religion in Mexican film. Her current works in progress include a book on the intersection of legal and literary discourse, titled Unlawful Violence: Mexican Law and Cultural Production from 2000-Present. Her research has been supported by the Plett Foundation, the Kreider Fellowship at Elizabethtown College, the C Henry Smith Peace Trust and the Newberry library in Chicago.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Education

  • 2013 
    University of Toronto, PhD, Spanish