Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish
William Luis is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt of Spanish at Vanderbilt University.He has held teaching positions at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Binghamton University.Professor Luis was awarded a 2012-2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for his project entitled “The Life and Works of the Cuban Slave Poet Juan Francisco Manzano.” He was also the 2012 keynote speaker at an international conference at the University of Accra, Ghana. Professor Luis has published thirteen books and more than one hundred scholarly articles.His authored books include Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative (1990), Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States (1997), Culture and Customs of Cuba (2001), Lunes de Revolución: Literatura y cultura en los primeros años de la Revolución Cubana (2003), Juan Francisco Manzano: Autobiografía del esclavo poeta y otros escritos (2007), and Las vanguardias del Caribe: Cuba, Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana (2010). Luis has also written introductions or forwards to anthologies and books, and some of these are : “Tato Laviera: Mix(ing) t(hro)u(gh) ou(t),” Mixturao by Tato Laviera (Houston: Arte Público Press, 2008), “Exile and Return in Changó, el gran putas.”Changó: The Biggest Badass by Manuel Zapata Olivella, trans. Jonathan Tittler (Lubove: Texas Tech University Press, 2010); and “Latino Identity and the Desiring Machine,” The Other Latino, eds. Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López, Tucson: Arizona University Press, 2011.Also, Luis is the editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Born and raised in New York City, Luis is widely regarded as a leading authority on Latin American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino U.S. literatures.