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Shawn McDaniel

Assistant Professor

Klarman Hall, Room K117


Shawn McDaniel 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. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, and his B.A. in Celtic Studies and English from St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada).

Intersecting Latin American and Latina/o/x Studies, his current research analyzes the aesthetic and political rifts and reconciliations in and in-between Latin America and the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Arielismo and Empire, which interrogates the ambiguous contours of arielismo—one of Latin America’s most influential anti-imperialist paradigms—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, Bajo otros cielos: Count François G. de Cisneros y el modernismo cubano diaspórico, examines the racialized and queer dimensions of Cuban modernist and art deco culture (literature, art, fashion, film, and music) in New York and Europe.



  • Romance Studies
  • Latina/o Studies Program


Hispanic Caribbean, Latin American, and Latina/o literature, philosophy, and culture

Cuban and Dominican Modernismo in the United States and Europe

US imperialism in Latin America


Critical theory

Queer studies

Caribbean anarchism

Scottish Gaelic oral traditions, dialectology, and revitalization (Scotland, Canada, Argentina)