Geovani Ramírez is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC Chapel Hill where he specializes in Multiethnic and Latinx literatures. His dissertation, for which he was awarded the J. Lee Greene Award for excellence in Postgraduate Work on Race and Ethnicity, 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. Through 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 publications include an essay for Latinx Talk entitled “LatinAsian and Black Latinx Migrations in Literature” (2020) and a chapter, “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 (forthcoming). He also has a forthcoming encyclopedia entry on Cristina García in Latino Literature Encyclopedia for Students and several book reviews for The Carolina Quarterly. Geovani’s latest publication, “Chicken Doctors and the Trials of Transcendence: Unveiling Gallinera/o Illness Narratives” (Ethnic Studies Review 2021), engages with medical anthropological scholarship that investigates the intersections between Latina/o labor, legislation, and health and employs structural violence and structural vulnerability frameworks to explore the network of systems that contribute to poor health outcomes among Latina/o immigrant workers.
Geovani joined the UNC Latina/o Studies Program as a Graduate Assistant in the spring of 2019, and he was a Graduate Student Fellow at the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence during the 2018-2019 academic year. While at UNC, Geovani has enjoyed working with UNC students in various capacities, including as sole instructor for ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric, ENGL 105i Social Sciences, ENGL 105i Writing in Health and Medicine, ENGL 129 Cultural Diversity and Literature, WGST 233 Introduction to Latina Literature, and ENGL 144 Popular Genres, ENGL 164 Introduction to Latina/o Studies, and ENGL 359 Latina Ecofeminism and Disability in Visual Art, Film, and Literature. Geovani has also been a graduate research consultant for WMST 465 Gender, Immigration, and Labor and ENGL 364 Introduction to Latinx Studies, an ENGL 105 instructor for the UNC Summer Bridge Program, and an assistant writing coordinator for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. Geovani has rejoined both the Summer Bridge and MURAP programs this summer of 2021. From fall 2014 to spring 2018, Geovani worked as a writing coach at the UNC Writing Center where he coached undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines on a wide range of writing genres and projects. He loves sharing literature and cultural productions with the general public. He has enjoyed giving talks for the Ackland Art Museum and Carolina Performing Arts Center, and he has been an invited panelist for the Playmakers Repertory Company and the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Art and Art History. He was also a guest speaker on the Aaron Keck Show during an “Oh the Humanities” segment with Max Owre (WCHL 97.9 The Hill).
When he isn’t researching, teaching, or writing, Geovani likes to cook, garden, sketch, and paint. He enjoys music, hiking, camping, and exploring new places, and he delights in natural wonders.