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Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies

Annette M. Rodríguez’s research interests focus on the functions of public violence in U.S. empire and nation building, U.S. racial formation, immigration, and the production of U.S. citizenship. Her current book project Inventing the Mexican: The Visual Culture of Lynching at the Turn of the Twentieth Century centers performance, popular culture, and visuality as assisting in the relational construction of race. She argues public violences reproduce the vulnerable, unprotected, raced figurations of personhood. Her recent publications include “Antigone’s Refusal: Mexican Women’s Reponses to Lynching in the Southwest,” The Journal of South Texas, Spring 2018; “La Liga Femenil Mexicanista: The Proto-feminism and Radical Organizing of Journalist Jovita Idár,” in From Sit-ins to #revolutions: The Changing Nature of Protests, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; and “Lonely Visions of Anxious Objects,” in Convoluting the Dialectical Image – Special Issue, The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Taylor & Francis, 2019. https://americanstudies.unc.edu/annette-rodriguez/

Course: Am Stud 201, “Literary Approaches to American Studies”