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Juana Goergen

Juana Goergen is a published poet.  Her dissertation was on "Colonial and Post-colonial tensions in Latin American Literature: Subversions of the Baroque".  Her areas of expertise include Latin American literature colonial to present; cultural studies and critical theory of literature (graduate examination) and peninsular literature.  Her other areas of specialization include literacy, oral histories, community based education, multiculturalism and Latinos in the United States.

She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature, as well as courses in the Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature, International Studies, and Honors programs.


  • PhD: Latin American Literature; Cognate Field Exams: U.S Latino Studies; Cultural Studies  (Summa Cum Laude) – SUNY, Stony Brook
  • MA: Latin American Literature; Cognate Field: Spanish Peninsular Literature-SUNY, Stony Brook
  • MA: Spanish Peninsular Literature; Cognate Field: English Literature (Summa Cum Laude) - ISU
  • BA: Spanish and Pedagogy, Minors in Philosophy and History (Summa Cum Laude) - UPR



  • Colonial literature of the Caribbean
  • Colonial and postcolonial tensions in Latin American and U.S. Latino Literature
  • Oral histories
  • Critical theory
  • Community based teaching and learning


  • Spanish language, all levels
  • Spanish language for Heritage Speakers
  • Latin American Literature, Film and Culture
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Community Based Teaching & Service Learning
  • Peace Studies & Social Justice
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • First Year & Honor’s Program Courses
  • Comparative Literature

Areas of Specialization:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Latin American and U.S. Latino Literature

Professor Goergen was Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program at DePaul University from 1995-2000. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tuebingen, Germany 2002. As a literary critic she has published: Literatura fundacional americana: El espejo de paciencia (1991),Heroínas del Bronx (oral history, 1998) and academic articles in several journals, such as El Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies. As a poet she has published La sal de las brujas (finalist at Letras de Oro and published by Betania 1997) and La piel a medias (2001), as well as poems published in anthologies: Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (1998), Nosotros los otros (1996) Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra (2001), Generación (2001). Her latest poetry collection: Las Ilusas/Dreamers (2008) was published by Contratiempo: Ediciones Voces Sueltas in Desarraigos, cuatro poetas latinoamericanos en Chicago.

Select Publications

  • “Paraíso de realidades refractadas: apuntes sobre la narrativa puertorriqueña”, en Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico,  LA  PÁGINA EDICIONES, Número 83-84-85 (Triple, 2010, Año XXI, núm. I-II-III), 2010.  (critical essay)
  • Las ilusas (Chicago, Voces Sueltas: Desarraigos…), 2008.  (poems)
  • “La recuperación de la memoria en la serie de pinturas, Dominó/Domino de Bibiana Suárez”, en CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Vol.XV, Number  2, 2003.  (critical essay)
  • La piel a medias (Madrid, Ed.Betania), 2001.  (poems)
  • Literatura fundacional americana: El Espejo de paciencia (Madrid, Ed.Pliegos), 1993.  (book)


  • Fullbright Senior Scholar Award — University  of Tuebingen, Germany  2000
  • Phi Kappa Phi — Honor Scholars Society, 1997-present