Christopher Dennis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and
Latin American Literatures and Cultures /
Spanish Section Coordinator
Office: Leutze Hall 216
B.A., Depauw University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Christopher Dennis' primary areas of research are Afro-Hispanic literary and cultural studies, particularly hip-hop and popular culture, ethnicity and gender, nation and national identity, and globalization. His specific geographical regions of interest are Colombia and the Caribbean, and he has worked extensively on topics pertaining to Afro-Colombian communities of the Pacific and Atlantic littorals. In his work, Dr. Dennis examines questions of ethnicity and gender through an interdisciplinary approach applied to a variety of “texts” and cultural mediums. He has written and published on (Afro)Colombian hip-hop, gendered and racialized iconography used to characterize Colombia’s palenquera (female descendants of runaway slaves), Afro-Colombian narrative fiction, and the discursive representation of black subjects in colonial literature. He currently serves as Spanish Section Coordinator, and he is on the executive committee of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA).
Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012.
“The Current and Future State of Afro-Colombian Prose Fiction.” Afro-Hispanic Review 30:1 (Spring 2011): 81-100.
“The ‘Afro-Colombianization’ of Hip-Hop and Discourses on Authenticity.” Postnational Musical Identities: Cultural Production, Distribution and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario. Ed. Ignacio Corona and Alejandro L. Madrid. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. 185-207.
“From Fugitive Slave to Tourist Attraction: La Palenquera and Racial Iconography in Cartagena (Colombia).” Publication of Afro-Latin American Research Association (PALARA) 11 (FALL 2007): 54-67.
“El ‘negro’ en dos textos coloniales colombianos y el ‘blanqueo’ de su alma.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 36:1 (May 2007): 3-18.