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Shawn McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Romance Studies

Klarman Hall, Room K117


Shawn McDaniel (Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY) is Assistant Professor of Romance Studies and the Emerson-Krapels Faculty Fellow. He also affiliated with the Latina/o Studies and the Latin American Studies Programs at Cornell.

Intersecting Latin American and Latinx literary and cultural studies, his current research analyzes aesthetic, ethical, and political rifts and reconciliations in inter-American and transatlantic contexts. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Thinking and Racing the Centennial Subject in Latin America, which interrogates the ambiguous contours of arielismo—one of Latin America’s most influential anti-imperialist paradigms and idealistic pedagogies—and unpacks the tensions between epistemology, race, and religiosity in that project, both in its heyday in the early twentieth century as well as in contemporary reformulations in Latin American student and political movements. Another book project in preparation, Cuban Chic: Queer Deco and Diasporic Modernism in Havana, New York, and Paris, examines the racialized and queer dimensions of Cuban modernist and art deco culture (literature, art, fashion, film, and music) between the two World Wars.


  • Cuba: The Repeating Island
  • Nueva York: Caribbean Urbanisms
  • Dandies, Drugs, and Fetishes: Modernismo
  • Decolonizing Latinidad
  • Resistance and Revolution in the Caribbean
  • Nature in Latin America
  • Anti-Imperialism in Latin America
  • Survey of Contemporary Latin American Literature


  • Latina/o Studies Program
  • Romance Studies


  • Cuban literary and cultural studies
  • Latin American Modernismo
  • Caribbean diasporic aesthetics in New York
  • Race in the Americas
  • Queer studies
  • Critical theory
  • Scottish Gaelic oral traditions (Scotland, Canada, United States, Argentina)



  • “Rodó en Nueva York.” José Enrique Rodó, 1917-2017. Montevideo: Planeta (forthcoming 2018).
  • “Race and the Aesthetics of Frivolity in the Work of Count François G. de Cisneros.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (forthcoming 2018).
  • “De discípulo rubendariano a la encarnación modernista: Count François G. de Cisneros y la pose aristocrática.” Actas Digitales del Congreso Internacional Rubén Darío “La sutura de los mundos.” Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. (forthcoming 2018).
  • Votre América: Blackness and Pan-Latinism in Les démocraties latines de l’Amérique.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 68.2 (2015): 127-145.
  • “La Revista de Cayo Hueso (1897) como arbitraje del anticolonialismo en Cuba: intervenciones crítico-literarias entre Nueva York, la Florida y Perú.” La Habana Elegante 56 (2014).
  • Arielista Elitism and Geopolitical Exigencies in Post-War Colombia, 1902-1910.” Ciberletras 29 (2012).
  • “Julián del Casal en Las Tres Américas (1893-1896) de Nueva York: Francisco García Cisneros y el rescate del decadentismo casaliano.” La Habana Elegante 50 (2011).