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Geovani Ramírez is an assistant professor of Latinx Studies and Literature in the Department of English, where he specializes in health and environmental humanities scholarship. His current book project, __The Burning Question of Labor__, explores the ways Mexican-heritage women writers use the topic of labor in their works to interrogate and re-shape notions of class, race, gender, culture, (trans)national identities, and citizenship. Employing ecocritical and disability studies lenses as well as ecofeminist theory, his book project reveals the essential role Mexican-heritage women have played in offering conceptual frameworks for understanding Mexican-heritage people’s relationships to labor and laboring spaces, the environment, and health.
Geovani's work has appeared in such venues as Ethnic Studies Review, Latinx Talk, and Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present. Geovani’s public-facing, transdisciplinary approach toward the study of Latinx populations is manifested in his latest publication, “Chicken Doctors and the Trials of Transcendence: Unveiling Gallinera/o Illness Narratives.” “Chicken Doctors” is a multi-genre, autoethnographic piece that engages with medical anthropological scholarship to explore the intersections between Latina/o labor, legislation, and health.
In addition to working on his book, Geovani is working on a companion piece to "Chicken Doctors" that focuses specifically on Latina gallineras as well as an article that places Latinx Studies in conversation with health humanities scholarship.
- Latinx studies and literature
- Environmental humanities
- Medical humanities
- Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.A., North Carolina State University
- Orgullo Award for Service, Scholarship, Leadership, and Advocacy, UNC-Chapel Hill Carolina Latinx Center. Spring 2022.
- The Order of the Golden Fleece Honor Society (oldest and highest honorary society at UNC), UNC-Chapel Hill. Argonaut number: 2240. Spring 2022 (induction).
- J. Lee Greene Dissertation Award for excellence in Postgraduate Work on Race and
- Ethnicity, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2020.
- University Diversity Award, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2020.
- Frank Porter Graham Honor Society, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2020 (induction).
- “Chicken Doctors and the Trials of Transcendence: Unveiling Gallinera/o Illness Narratives.” Ethnic Studies Review, 44 (2): 65-100, 2021.
- “LatinAsian and Black Latinx Migrations in Literature.” Latinx Talk, March 2020 Special Series on Latinx Migration Literature, 2020.
“Ruiz de Burton’s Inviolable Californios and Roguish Anglos in The Squatter and the Don and Who Would Have Thought It.” In Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present (2020), ed. Lori J. Underwood and Dawn L. Hutchinson. Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield, 66-78.
- Critical Ethnic Studies Graduate Working Group Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2020.
- Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2019.
- Lea/McLaurin Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spring 2018.
- George Hills Harper Summer Research Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill. Summer 2013.
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